Marinette Marine will build 14th littoral combat ship

Associated Press

Oct. 9, 2017

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.
Associated Press

MARINETTE — Lockheed Martin, working with Fincantieri Marinette Marine, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to build an additional LCS ship.

The contract 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 affordability.”

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 announcement.

“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.”

The Lockheed 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.