Lockheed Martin-Led Team Begins Construction on Future LCS Marinette
MARINETTE, Wisconsin. —Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine laid the keel March 27 on the future USS Marinette (LCS-25), Lockheed Martin announced in a release. During the ceremony, the littoral combat ship’s sponsor, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, had her initials welded into LCS-25’s keel plate.
“We are thrilled to build the future USS Marinette. As shipbuilders, we transform flat panels of steel into warships and feel so much pride in the craftsmanship required to do this important work,” said Jan Allman, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine.
“It is an honor to be able to do that for the ship named after our hometown,” Allman added. “The Navy selected an incredible woman to sponsor our ship. Governor Jennifer Granholm represents a large number of our workforce coming from Michigan, and she has been an avid supporter of the LCS program since its inception.”
Each day, more than 1,500 residents of Marinette, Wisconsin, and Menominee, Michigan, enter Fincantieri’s shipyard to build LCS.
The LCS is designed to serve a variety of missions. It is flexible, with 40 percent of its hull reconfigurable, and can be outfitted with additional and evolved capabilities, including over-the-horizon missiles, and advanced electronic warfare systems and radars. The LCS comes equipped standard with Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and a Mark 110 gun, which is capable of firing 220 rounds per minute. The ship also can run at speeds in excess of 40 knots and has the most efficient staffing of any combat ship, Lockheed and Fincantieri said.
“There is no other class of ship that delivers this level of flexibility for future missions,” said Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager of Small Combatants and Ship Systems. “LCS is minimally manned, so the U.S. Navy can efficiently project presence around the world. It really is a remarkable ship, and our team is so proud to begin construction on the future USS Marinette for the Navy.”
LCS-25 will be the first Navy ship to bear the name Marinette and is named to recognize the town’s significant contributions to Navy shipbuilding. Fincantieri Marinette Marine began operations in 1942 to provide U.S. ships during World War II. Marinette is the birthplace of Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-variant LCS, which Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine have partnered to produce for more than 16 years.
LCS-25 will be the 13th Freedom-variant LCS and will join a class of more than 30 ships. She is one of seven ships in various stages of construction and test at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipyard.