Littoral Combat Ship


Ready for anything,
Since that's what the next mission could be.


The U.S. Navy’s current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility for focused missions including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.


Learn how the littoral combat ship is designed to defeat
growing threats in the coastal water battlespace



Like all warships, the LCS is being built to fight. The Freedom-variant LCS meets and exceeds the survivability requirements for the three ship classes it will replace. The team's LCS design has already proven its value - evident by the successful Southeast Asia deployment and continued trials with other Freedom-variant ships.



The LCS will establish and maintain dominance in the near-shore environments (littorals), a critical part of the surface force's ability to provide credible capability for deterrence, sea control, and power projection around the world.



We are currently in peak production, which means we are driving down the cost per ship for the U.S. Navy. The average ship cost across the 10-ship buy is at $360 million per ship, which is about half what the lead ship cost.



Freedom-Variant Ship Production Status.

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, which features a steel monohull design. The Freedom hull is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability on multiple overseas deployments.

LCS 1 USS Freedom Commissioned: Nov. 8, 2008
LCS 3 USS Fort Worth Commissioned: Sep. 22, 2012
LCS 5 USS Milwaukee Commissioned: Nov. 21, 2015
LCS 7 USS Detroit Commissioned: Oct. 22, 2016
LCS 9 Little Rock Launched: July 18, 2015  
LCS 11 Sioux City Launched: Jan. 30, 2016  
LCS 13 Wichita Launched: Sep. 17, 2016  
LCS 15 Billings Under Construction  
LCS 17 Indianapolis Under Construction  
LCS 19 St. Louis Pre-Production  
LCS 21 Minneapolis-St. Paul Pre-Production  
LCS 23 Cooperstown Pre-Production  
LCS 25 Marinette Awarded          


Stay Informed. The Latest News on LCS.

Secretary of the Navy announces the next Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Marinette (LCS 25)
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Lockheed Martin-Led Team Delivers Future USS Detroit to U.S. Navy
Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on 17th Littoral Combat Ship


LCS in Motion. See the Littoral Combat Ship in Action.



Contact Us

Media Contact:
Lockheed Martin LCS Team
300 M Street SE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20003-3442
Phone: +1 (202) 863-3123
Business Development:
Lockheed Martin Corporation
LCS Business Development
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Washington, DC 20003-3442
Phone: +1 (202) 863-3471

LCS Headline News

LCS Detroit Delivers to Navy
USNI News, August 15, 2016

Detroit-named warship delivered to Navy
Detroit News, August 15, 2016

Navy Receives Eighth Littoral Combat Ship
Defense Daily, August 15, 2016

Video: U.S. Navy tests new warship
CNN, July 25, 2016

U.S. Navy ship to be named for Detroit passes trials
Detroit Free Press, July 22, 2016