Freedom Industry Team Names RENK ‘2014 Littoral Combat Ship Program Supplier of the Year’

LCS-Award The Lockheed Martin-led Littoral Combat Ship industry team recognized RENK as the 2014 Supplier of the Year for the company’s on-time or early deliveries of RENK gears for the LCS. Pictured: Joe North, Capt. Anderson, Shaun McGraw, Franz Hoppe, Marco Harth, Brendan Kennedy.

As the Lockheed Martin-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) industry team continues to meet and exceed the highest standards of quality, and the program continues to gain momentum, the team recognized RENK as the 2014 Supplier of the Year. RENK has delivered on time or early throughout the past year supporting the construction of LCS FY10-15 block buy contract. LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, will be the next ship with RENK gears installed. The RENK team has provided excellent on-site support at Marinette Marine Corporation to ensure on-time delivery of quality combiner gears, as well as resolve past issues with minimal impact to the aggressive delivery schedule. 

“We are fortunate to have such a strong teammates like RENK on our team, who continue to raise the bar and exceed requirements as we work together on this critical U.S. Navy program,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships & Systems for Lockheed Martin. “Their performance in 2014 helped the entire team meet milestones to support the overall Navy mission.”

The Freedom-variant LCS industry team marked great progress for the LCS program in 2014. Building on the success of USS Freedom’s 2013 deployment, the team prepared and supported the team’s second LCS, USS Fort Worth, as she departed for a 16-month deployment to Southeast Asia in November. The ship was called to participate in recovery efforts for the AirAsia flight in the Java Sea.

In addition to USS Fort Worth’s deployment, the team accomplished multiple construction milestones in 2014, including the christening and launch of LCS 7, Detroit, keel laying of LCS 11, Sioux City, and start of construction of LCS 13, Wichita, and LCS 15, Billings. These ships will continue to be delivered to the U.S. Navy and commissioned into the fleet, bringing unique capabilities to address next generation threats.

Comprised of more than 900 suppliers worldwide, the team has delivered two ships to the U.S. Navy. USS Freedom completed a deployment to Southeast Asia in 2013. USS Fort Worth is currently deployed to Southeast Asia, where she is serving in the U.S. 7th Fleet to strengthen international relationships, conduct port visits and further LCS capabilities. LCS 5, Milwaukee, will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2015. LCS 7, Detroit, was christened and launched in October 2014. LCS 9 (Little Rock), LCS 11 (Sioux City) LCS 13 (Wichita), and LCS 15 (Billings), are under construction. In 2014, the Navy funded LCS 17, Indianapolis, and LCS 19, which is yet to be named.

January 14, 2015