President Trump Visits Midwestern Shipyard Where Lockheed Martin-led Team Builds U.S. Navy Warships
Today, President Donald J. Trump visited the shipyard where a Lockheed Martin-led team builds the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). Across the country, the program employs approximately 12,500 people and supports 800 suppliers across 42 states.
The shipyard is located in Marinette, Wisconsin, right on the border of Michigan and Wisconsin. About 1,500 Michigan and Wisconsin residents enter the shipyard every day to work on these resilient, flexible, and highly capable warships.
Shipyard workers take pride in building ships for the U.S. Navy, but they’re especially proud of one ship in particular – the future USS Marinette, LCS 25, which is named for the city where all LCS are being built.
LCS 25 will be the first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Marinette and is named to recognize the town’s significant contributions to Navy shipbuilding. Unique among combat ships, LCS is designed to serve a variety of missions today and is easily modified to serve future and evolving missions tomorrow.
“LCS brings something really special to the Navy. There is no other class of ship that delivers this level of flexibility for future missions,” said Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager of Small Combatants and Ship Systems. “LCS is minimally manned, so the U.S. Navy can efficiently project presence around the world efficiently. It really is a remarkable ship, and our team is proud to be building the future USS Marinette for the Navy.”
Lockheed Martin has about 75 employees based in Marinette, many of whom live in either Marinette or its neighboring city, Menominee. Meet some of the teammates who are bolstering the Navy’s ability to operate anywhere, anytime.