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The first LCS, USS Freedom, completed a successful deployment to Singapore that provided valuable insight into the ship’s concept of operations, maintenance, and crew size, training and rotations. During deployment, Freedom participated in multinational maritime exercises, conducted strategic patrols of the South China Sea, strengthened relationships with international allied navies and provided disaster relief in Operation Damayan following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

Combined, Freedom-class ships have sailed more than 200,000 nautical miles since 2008 conducting missions for the Navy. USS Fort Worth is currently deployed to Southeast Asia.

USS Fort Worth 2014-2015 Deployment:

  • San Diego – USS Fort Worth begins 16-month deployment when it departs from San Diego on November 17, 2014, for her deployment to Southeast Asia.
  • Yokosuka, Japan – USS Fort Worth arrives in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations on December 4, 2014, marking a key initial milestone in its deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.
  • Jakarta, Indonesia – USS Fort Worth visits Jakarta on December 22, 2014.
  • Singapore – USS Fort Worth arrives at Changi Naval Base on December 29, 2014.
  • Singapore – USS Fort Worth leaves Singapore on December 31, 2014 to assist in search for Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501.
  • Yokosuka, Japan – An eight-member team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 onboard USS Fort Worth supports the search for AirAsia flight 8501with advanced Tow Fish side scan sonar systems capable of providing high-resolution images of the ocean floor.
  • Singapore – LCS Crew 104 Juggernauts complete the first quarter of the USS Fort Worth's 16-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific following a crew swap with LCS Crew 103 Rough Riders on February 17, 2015.
  • South China Sea – USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practices the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy’s Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) on February 23, 2015, enhancing the professional maritime relationship between 7th Fleet and the Chinese Navy.
  • South Korea – Deployed with the surface warfare mission package, USS Fort Worth participates in the Foal Eagle naval exercises in early March 2015 with the Republic of Korea Navy and other U.S. warships.
  • South Korea – Chairman of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Choi, Yoon-hee visits the USS Fort Worth on March 16, 2015 during the ship's inaugural port visit to Busan.
  • Da Nang, Vietnam – USS Fort Worth joins other U.S. Navy warships in the sixth annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with the Vietnam People's Navy on April 6, 2015. The event marked the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
  • Da Nang, Vietnam – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus visits the crew of USS Fort Worth.
  • Singapore – USS Fort Worth returns to Singapore on April 15, 2015 following a two-month stint operating in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.
  • South China Sea – USS Fort Worth conducts Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) in mid-May after encountering a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) frigate in international waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
  • Singapore – USS Fort Worth reaches midpoint of 16-month deployment – the longest U.S. Navy ship deployment in more than 40 years – on May 26, 2015.

USS Freedom Deployment:

  • San Diego – USS Freedom departed from San Diego on March 1, 2013, for her deployment to Southeast Asia.
  • Pearl Harbor – USS Freedom ported in Pearl Harbor en route to Singapore.
  • Guam – USS Freedom stopped in Guam en route to Singapore.
  • Singapore – USS Freedom participated in multinational exercises in Southeast Asia and conducted patrols in the South China Sea during deployment to Singapore.
  • Operation Damayan / Philippines – USS Freedom delivered supplies during humanitarian efforts for Operation Damayan.
  • Guam – USS Freedom stopped in Guam as she ended her deployment to Singapore.
  • Pearl Harbor – USS Freedom ported in Pearl Harbor as she ended her deployment to Singapore.
  • San Diego – USS Freedom returned from deployment to Singapore on Dec. 23, 2014.

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