US Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $279m to Construct Freedom-class USS Cooperstown LCS

Lockheed Martin announced that the US Navy has issued a funding balance of $279 million for the construction of the future Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown (LCS 23). Earlier in March 2015, Congress awarded Lockheed Martin $79 million in advanced procurement funding for the future USS Cooperstown.

“By providing this funding, the Navy demonstrates its commitment to the Lockheed Martin-led team in building the advanced Freedom-variant littoral combat ship,”

said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training.

“We have delivered three of these ships to the fleet so far, and we stand committed on the remaining block buy deliveries.”

Tapped as the prime contractor on the future USS Cooperstown, Lockheed Martin will lead a team comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine and naval architect Gibbs & Cox. Together, they have already delivered three other Freedom-class littoral combat ships-the USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Forth Worth (LCS 3), and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). This new $279 million award comes just days after the US Navy commissioned the Lockheed Martin-built USS Milwaukee.

Currently, USS Freedom (LCS 1) calls San Diego its home port and was deployed to Southeast Asia in 2013. USS Fort Worth is currently serving in the US 7th Fleet in Southeast Asia.

An agile, highly maneuverable combat platform, the littoral combat ship (LCS) is designed to combat threats in shallow, coastal waters such as submarines and small boats.

The Lockheed Martin-designed Freedom-class variant of the littoral combat ship is based on a semi-planing monohull design. Based on the Fincantieri Destriero 60,000-horsepower yacht and Jupiter-class ferry, the Freedom-class seaframe is comprised of a steel hull with aluminum superstructure.

Backed by twin Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW gas turbine engines and two Fairbanks Morse Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B STC diesel engines driving four large Rolls-Royce waterjets, the Freedom-class littoral combat ship exhibits a maximum speed of 45 knots.

Lockheed Martin currently has six other Freedom-class littoral combat ships under construction.

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