After 8,300 Miles, Freedom Arrives in Singapore for Extended Stay

Nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship continues deployment in U.S.’s 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility

USS Freedom Arrives in Singapore USS Freedom (LCS 1), which deployed from San Diego in March with an MH-60 Romeo maritime helicopter, arrived in Changi, Singapore, April 18 as part of its deployment to Southeast Asia. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

Since departing March 1 for its 10-month deployment to Southeast Asia, USS Freedom has made quick port visits to Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Now, after traveling 8,300 nautical miles, the nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) arrived in Singapore April 18 as part of an extended visit to the region.

While in Singapore, Freedom is expected to participate in the upcoming International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference May 14-16 and select phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise in Southeast Asia. Lockheed Martin teamed with Marinette Marine Corporation to build the Freedom-variant LCS in Wisconsin.

"As this deployment progresses, we're looking forward to working with regional navies alongside other 7th Fleet units to conduct maritime security operations, exercises and additional port visits," said Freedom Commander Timothy Wilke.

The 7th Fleet is responsible for more than 48 million square miles from west of the international date line to the western coast of India. For more than 150 years, the U.S. Navy has maintained a presence in this area to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability.

Lockheed Martin is also equipping and delivering the Sikorsky-built MH-60 Romeo aircraft, which is deployed with Freedom as part of the ship’s surface warfare mission package.

The nation’s first LCS, Freedom has sailed more than 65,000 nautical miles since 2008, and conducted four successful drug seizures totaling more than five tons of cocaine on her maiden voyage in 2010 prior to this longer-term deployment.

Check back here to see the latest photos from Freedom’s deployment.

Posted April 18, 2013