The U.S. Navy’s New LCS USS Little Rock, Christened in Wisconsin

By August 3, 2015 Article, Technology No Comments

Meet the U.S. Navy’s new LCS, the USS Little Rock, christened earlier this July in Wisconsin.

July 18th – the USS Little Rock is launched at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Sponsor Janee L. Bonner, wife of former U.S. representative Hon. Josiah Bonner, christened the ship in traditional style, by smashing a bottle of champagne on the bow before launching.

Though now christened and launched, the ship is still set for more outfitting and testing prior to an expected delivery to the Navy in 2016. The Little Rock is also referred to as LCS 9, and is one of seven “Littoral Combat Ships” being constructed at the shipyard.

The Little Rock is of the Freedom-class variant of littoral combat ships. These ships are about 380 feet long, have a 57-foot beam, and a top speed exceeding 40 knots. To learn more about the LCS program, and the general characteristics of the Freedom variant and the Independent-class variant, visit the Official Website of the United States Navy, which holds a Fact File on the “Littoral Combat Ship Class – LCS.”

The Freedom variant is being built by an industry team led by Lockheed-Martin. Two such ships have already been delivered to the U.S. Navy, namely USS Freedom (LCS 1), currently in operation at her San Diego, CA homeport; and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), currently in Southeast Asia under the U.S. 7th Fleet.

It’s not the first time a Navy vessel is named in honor of Arkansas’ capital city. The original USS Little Rock (CL 92), was in service for 31 years and is currently a museum ship in Buffalo, NY. It had seen action all over the world, including South America, Europe and the Middle East.

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