The U.S. Navy awarded the
Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team a
contract to build an additional LCS, according to a
Monday announcement. Pictured is the future USS Little
Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS delivered to the
U.S. Navy, underway during Acceptance Trials in Lake
Michigan on Aug. 25.
MARINETTE — Lockheed Martin, working with Fincantieri
Marinette Marine, was awarded a contract by the U.S.
Navy to build an additional LCS ship.
value is under the 2017 congressional cost cap of $584 million per
ship. LCS 27 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the
Midwest’s only naval shipyard, and is the 14th Freedom-variant LCS
ordered by the U.S. Navy to date.
“We are excited
to continue our partnership with the U.S. Navy to build and deliver
these capable ships to the fleet,” said Joe DePietro, vice president
of small surface combatants and ship systems. “With the Freedom-
variant now in serial production, our team is increasing efficiency
with each ship produced and working to maintain ship and program
Since it was
launched, the LCS program has supported thousands of direct and
indirect jobs throughout the United States, including more than
7,500 in Michigan and Wisconsin alone, according to the
“Every day, more
than 2,500 workers pass through our shipyard’s gates, put on their
hard hats and proudly build these American warships,” said Jan
Allman, FMM president and CEO. “Our workforce takes great pride in
building these ships for the U.S. Navy and we are grateful for the
opportunity to build another ship on our hot production line.”
Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team is currently in
full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, and has delivered five
ships to the U.S. Navy to date, including the future USS Little Rock
which was delivered to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25. There are seven
ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette
Marine, with two more in long-lead production.