Third littoral ship, Fort Worth, poised to be delivered
future Fort Worth, LCS 3, successfully completed acceptance trials May 4
on Lake Michigan. The ship's major systems and equipment were tested
prior to the Navy accepting the ship.
— Lockheed Martin
future littoral combat ship Fort Worth, LCS 3, on Friday completed sea
trials that are its last significant milestone before the ship is
delivered to the Navy.
Fort Worth is the second in the Freedom class of littoral ships, a new
breed for the Navy. The ships, which come in two versions, are intended
to be fast, light vessels that can operate in shallow coastal waters.
Freedom arrived in its home port of San Diego in April 2010, and the
second-in-line Independence sailed into San Diego Bay on May 2. Up to 16
littorals will call San Diego home, including the Fort Worth.
the Fort Worth’s four-day trial on Lake Michigan, the Navy conducted
tests intended to demonstrate the performance of the engine, ship
handling and auxiliary systems.
Worth performed extremely well during its trials," said LCS Program
Manager Capt. John Neagley in a Navy news release. "The ship's level of
completion coupled with Marinette Marine's excellent craftsmanship
resulted in relatively few material deficiencies."
The Fort Worth is scheduled to be commissioned Sept. 22 in Galveston, Texas.
fourth littoral ship, the Coronado, and the Jackson, LCS 6, are under
construction at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The Milwaukee,
LCS 5, is under construction at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in
Marinette, Wis., where the Fort Worth was also built.
The littoral class of ships has been criticized for cost increases and early performance problems.