USS Fort Worth Sets Sail

USS Fort Worth Deployment

The U.S. Navy deployed today its third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth, on a 16-month journey to Southeast Asia for an expedition that will build upon the success of USS Freedom’s 2013 voyage.

The U.S. Navy has said that while deployed, the ship will visit more ports, collaborate with more navies and expand LCS capabilities including the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

The ship’s Commander, Kendall Bridgewater, was enthusiastic about the upcoming mission and expressed his confidence in recent interviews with media who were invited to tour the ship prior to deployment. “The LCS is a fast ship with a shallow draft, which allows it to go into ports other Navy ships can’t access,” Bridgewater said. “We can go in and engage with a lot more partners and allies,” he said.

USS Fort Worth, which has  traveled more than 40,000 nautical miles, is the second ship built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team which includes Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and Gibbs & Cox. The ship was delivered to the Navy in 2012, two months ahead of schedule.

While USS Fort Worth conducts its mission in Southeast Asia, the industry team continues to build Freedom-variant LCSs at MMC in Marinette, Wisconsin, with six under construction.

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