The U.S. Navy christened its newest Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Nantucket (LCS-27), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, August 7, in Marinette, Wisconsin.
The principal speaker was Representative Mike Gallagher, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th District. In a time-honored Navy tradition, the ship’s sponsor, Ms. Polly Spencer, broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.
«The future USS Nantucket (LCS-27) will be the third U.S. Navy ship commissioned to honor the maritime history and spirit of Nantucket», said Acting Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas Harker. «I have no doubt the Sailors of USS Nantucket (LCS-27) will carry on the proud legacy from generations past in preserving sea lanes, countering instability, and maintaining our maritime superiority».
LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The platform is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom-variant and the Independence-variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS-6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).
The first Nantucket, a Passaic class coastal monitor, commissioned on February 26, 1863. Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Nantucket participated in the attack on Confederate forts in Charleston Harbor on April 7, 1863. Struck 51 times during the valiant yet unsuccessful assault on the vital Southern port, the single-turreted monitor was repaired at Port Royal and returned to Charleston to support Army operations on Morris Island. The second Nantucket, a wooden light ship built in 1907 for the Lighthouse Service, was transferred to the Navy by executive order on April 11, 1917. During World War I, the ship continued its duties of warning vessels away from Nantucket Shoals and aided in guarding nearby waters against U-boats.
Ship Design Specifications
|Hull||Advanced semiplaning steel monohull|
|Length Overall||389 feet/118.6 m|
|Beam Overall||57 feet/17.5 m|
|Draft||13.5 feet/4.1 m|
|Full Load Displacement||Approximately 3,200 metric tons|
|Top Speed||Greater than 40 knots/46 mph/74 km/h|
|Range at top speed||1,000 NM/1,151 miles/1,852 km|
|Range at cruise speed||4,000 NM/4,603 miles/7,408 km|
|Watercraft Launch and Recovery||Up to Sea State 4|
|Aircraft Launch and Recovery||Up to Sea State 5|
|Propulsion||Combined diesel and gas turbine with steerable water jet propulsion|
|Power||85 MW/113,600 horsepower|
|Hangar Space||Two MH-60 Romeo Helicopters|
|One MH-60 Romeo Helicopter and three Vertical Take-off and Land Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicles (VTUAVs)|
|Core Crew||Less than 50|
|Accommodations for 75 sailors provide higher sailor quality of life than current fleet|
|Integrated Bridge System||Fully digital nautical charts are interfaced to ship sensors to support safe ship operation|
|Core Self-Defense Suite||Includes 3D air search radar|
|Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) gunfire control system|
|Rolling-Airframe Missile Launching System|
|57-mm Main Gun|
|Mine, Torpedo Detection|
|Decoy Launching System|
|USS Freedom (LCS-1)||06-02-2005||09-23-2006||11-08-2008||San Diego, California|
|USS Fort Worth (LCS-3)||07-11-2009||12-07-2010||09-22-2012||San Diego, California|
|USS Milwaukee (LCS-5)||10-27-2011||12-18-2013||11-21-2015||San Diego, California|
|USS Detroit (LCS-7)||08-11-2012||10-18-2014||10-22-2016||San Diego, California|
|USS Little Rock (LCS-9)||06-27-2013||07-18-2015||12-16-2017||San Diego, California|
|USS Sioux City (LCS-11)||02-19-2014||01-30-2016||11-17-2018||Mayport, Florida|
|USS Wichita (LCS-13)||02-09-2015||09-17-2016||01-12-2019||Mayport, Florida|
|USS Billings (LCS-15)||11-02-2015||07-01-2017||08-03-2019||Mayport, Florida|
|USS Indianapolis (LCS-17)||07-18-2016||04-18-2018||10-26-2019||Mayport, Florida|
|USS St. Louis (LCS-19)||05-17-2017||12-15-2018||08-08-2020||Mayport, Florida|
|USS Minneapolis/St. Paul (LCS-21)||02-22-2018||06-15-2019|
|USS Cooperstown (LCS-23)||08-14-2018||01-19-2020|
|USS Marinette (LCS-25)||03-27-2019||10-31-2020|
|USS Nantucket (LCS-27)||10-09-2019|
|USS Beloit (LCS-29)||07-22-2020|
|USS Cleveland (LCS-31)||06-20-2021|
Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ships enter the water in a pretty unique way