Naval Warfare

LCS 19 delivered to US Navy

7th February 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine have delivered Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 19 to the US Navy.

The future USS St Louis is the tenth Freedom-variant LCS designed, built and delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team and will be commissioned in Pensacola, Florida, this summer.

The Freedom-variant LCS delivers advanced capability in anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasure missions. The vessel was designed to evolve with the changing security environment, and Lockheed Martin is partnering with the navy to evolve LCS to meet these threats. Upgrades are already, with computing infrastructures to receive cyber upgrades and naval strike missiles to be installed in support of upcoming deployments.

Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager, small combatants and ship systems, Lockheed Martin, said: ‘With LCS 19's delivery, the US Navy has ten Freedom-variant LCS in the fleet.

‘LCS 7 recently deployed, and it is gratifying to know that our team has delivered a ship that is relevant for today's fight and that is needed around the world. Our team is encouraged by the positive feedback we've received about LCS 7 on deployment, and we continuously look to incorporate fleet input into capabilities on LCS hulls.’

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