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Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

Ready for

Since That's What the
Next Mission Could Be.

The U.S. Navy’s ability to operate anywhere, anytime is essential. The  Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship is a resilient flexible warship, designed from the keel up to affordably take on new capabilities – from the most advanced sensors, to the latest missiles, to cutting-edge cyber systems. Its speed, strength and versatility make it a critical tool to help our Sailors achieve the mission.

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. Our LCS design has already proven its value - evidenced by the successful Southeast Asia deployment and continued trials with other Freedom-variant ships.


The LCS can 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 allows us to drive down the cost per ship for the U.S. Navy. The average ship cost across the current block buy is half what the lead ship cost.

Freedom-Variant Specifications

Hull: Advanced semi-planing steel monohull

Length Overall: 118 meters (387 feet)

Beam Overall: 17.5 meters (57 feet)

Draft: 4.1 meters (13.5 feet)

Full Load Displacement: Approximately 3,400 metric tons

Top Speed: Greater than 45 knots

Watercraft Launch and Recovery: Up to Sea State 4

Aircraft Launch and Recovery: Up to Sea State 5

Propulsion: Combined diesel and gas (CODAG) turbine with steerable water jet propulsion

Hangar Space: Two H-60 Helos (either MH-60S or MH-60R) and up to three VTUAVs (MQ-8B or MQ-8C Firescout).

Core Crew: 50; Accommodations for 98 sailors

Integrated Bridge System: Fully digital nautical charts are interfaced to ship sensors to support safe ship operation

Core Self-Defense Suite: Includes 3D air search radar (4D air search radar in hulls after LCS 15), Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM in hulls after LCS 15), medium caliber 57-mm Mk 110 deck gun, EO/IR gunfire control system and decoy launching system.

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 USS Little Rock Commissioned: Dec. 16, 2017
LCS 11 USS Sioux City Commissioned: Nov. 17, 2018
LCS 13 USS Wichita Commissioned: Jan. 12, 2019
LCS 15 USS Billings Commissioned: Aug. 3, 2019
LCS 17 Indianapolis Launched: April 18, 2018  
LCS 19 St. Louis Launched: Dec. 15, 2018  
LCS 21 Minneapolis-St. Paul Launched: June 15, 2019  
LCS 23 Cooperstown Pre-Production  
LCS 25 Marinette Pre-Production  
LCS 27 Nantucket Awarded  
LCS 29 Beloit Awarded            
LCS 31 TBD Awarded            

Economic Impact. Supporting 12,500 Jobs in 42 States

LCS in Motion. See the Littoral Combat Ship in Action

Additional Information

Media Contact:
Lockheed Martin LCS Team
300 M Street SE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20003-3442
Phone: +1 (856) 206-3170

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

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