US Navy takes delivery of LCS 23

The US Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin on 20 September.

The ship is the 12th Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) designed and delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team.  The delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy.  

Following delivery, the ship will sail away for a commissioning ceremony in New York City before transiting to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.

LCS 23 is the second Freedom-variant ship outfitted with the combining gear correction that will allow unrestricted operations, as revealed by the navy.

The correction addresses a class-wide flaw that was identified as the Fleet deployed these ships in greater numbers.  

The future USS Cooperstown will be the first naval ship to honor the Village of Cooperstown in Otsego County, New York. The village is located at the southern end of the historic Otsego Lake in the central region of the state. Cooperstown, New York, is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which is the source of the ship’s motto, “America’s Away Team.”

Several more Freedom variant ships are under construction at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.  

The future USS Marinette (LCS 25) is scheduled for delivery in early 2023.  Additional ships in various stages of construction include the future ships USS Nantucket (LCS 27), USS Beloit (LCS 29) and USS Cleveland (LCS 31). LCS 31 will be the final Freedom-variant LCS.

The LCS class is now the second-largest surface ship class in production. The vessels are capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.

Last week, the navy decommissioned LCS USS Coronado after only eight years of service.

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Photo: Illustration. Lockheed Martin photo of a Freedom-variant littoral combat ship