Trial by High Seas

Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
 

Milwaukee completed a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), clearing the way for the littoral combat ship to be commissioned in its namesake city on Nov. 21.

“What a ride,” said LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson. “The weather on Lake Michigan during the conduct of this trial was not pleasant. Despite the high sea state, Milwaukee crisply executed the schedule of events and received some of the highest demonstration scores to date for the LCS class. Milwaukee lives up to her namesake city in both her tenacity and strength."

Acceptance trials are the third of the four key milestones for a new ship: keel laying, christening and launch, acceptance trial, and commissioning.

Milwaukee’s keel laying was held in October 2011, and was christened and launched on December 18, 2013.

  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Acceptance Trial

    Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial Sept. 18.

Milwaukee departed Fincanieri-Marinette Marine shipyard along the Menominee River, then passed through Green Bay to Lake Michigan. There, the ship performed launch and recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, a four-hour full power run, surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, and demonstrated the ship's maneuverability performing tight turns and full-power quick reversal.

“I am very proud of our LCS team as we completed another quality ship for delivery to the customer,” said Joe North, vice president, Littoral Ships and Systems. “Like USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth before her, Milwaukee will provide a tremendous capability to the Navy’s fleet.”

Following commissioning, Milwaukee will prepare for full ship shock trials to be held in the Atlantic Ocean in 2016. She will then sail to California to be homeported in San Diego.