Ship builders deliver future Mayport ship to U.S. Navy

Combat ship to be commissioned USS Little Rock later this year

By Chris Parenteau - Reporter

MAYPORT, Fla. - The next new combat ship that will be coming to Naval Station Mayport was delivered Monday to the U.S. Navy by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

The commissioning of the future USS Little Rock will take place in Buffalo, New York, later this year, but no date has been officially set.

The Littoral Combat Ship 9 vessel is the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and
Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

The ship, which will be homeported in Mayport, will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake, a Lockheed Martin spokesman said.

“We look forward to the day the future USS Little Rock joins the fleet. Her superb sea trials performance highlights the success of the production and performance improvements achieved as a result of serial production," said Joe DePietro, vice president of small surface combatants and ship systems. “This milestone would not have been possible without the extraordinary contributions of all Freedom-variant LCS teammates.”

LCS 9 completed acceptance trials last month with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning a “clean sweep.” During sea trials, the industry team also successfully demonstrated performance improvements, which will be incorporated into all future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships, officials said.

“Today’s important milestone for LCS 9 was made possible by the investment and improvements made to our serial production line, which allowed us to realize our vision for a full flex shipyard,” said Jan Allman, FMM president and CEO. “Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipbuilders are proud to deliver this proven warship, and we look forward to working with the U.S. Navy to continue building these highly capable ships for the fleet.”

Named in honor of the patriotic and hardworking citizens of Little Rock, LCS 9 will be the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Arkansas’ largest city, officials said.

The USS Little Rock will join USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) as Mayport combat vessels.

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