Keel laid for future USS Marinette
Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine have laid the keel for the US Navy’s 13th Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 25), the future USS Marinette, Lockheed Martin announced on 27 March.
The vessel has a flexible design with 40% of its hull being easily reconfigurable. Equipped with rolling airframe missiles and a mark 110 gun, the vessel is capable of firing 220 rounds per minute. The vessel can achieve a maximum speed of 40kt and can to be outfitted with additional and evolved capabilities, including over-the-horizon missiles and advanced EW systems and radars.
Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager of small combatants and ship systems, Lockheed Martin, said: ‘There is no other class of ship that delivers this level of flexibility for future missions. LCS is minimally manned, so the US 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.’
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