Signed, Sealed and Delivered: U.S. Navy Accepts LCS 5

Lockheed Martin delivered LCS 5 (Milwaukee) – the nation’s third Freedom-variant littoral combat ship – to the U.S. Navy on Oct. 16, the final milestone before its commissioning in Milwaukee next month.
 

The USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) completed its penultimate milestone on Oct. 16 when the Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially delivered the warship to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater and his LCS Crew 104, “The Juggernauts,” will next steer her to Milwaukee in mid-November in time for the ship’s commissioning at Veteran’s Park on Nov. 21.

"With each LCS delivered, we have succeeded in driving down costs by incorporating lessons learned to provide the Navy with a highly capable and flexible ship," said LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "We are honored to place the Milwaukee in the able hands of her crew as they set sail for the ship's commissioning."

Milwaukee is the sixth littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the third of the Freedom variant to join the fleet.

“It’s a bittersweet moment for the team, because we put our heart and soul into designing, building and testing something we are all proud of,” said Joe North, Lockheed Martin vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems. “We also built relationships with the crew, who one day may have to take her into harm’s way. We’re proud of the work we’ve done in delivering a ship that will protect our nation.”

  • 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.

Following commissioning, Milwaukee will be homeported in San Diego with sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the future USS Jackson (LCS 6).

The USS Freedom is undergoing routine maintenance and upgrades, while the USS Fort Worth is currently on her 16-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific.

"We are pleased to receive the future USS Milwaukee into the LCS class," said Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, who was at the shipyard to mark the occasion. "Milwaukee is scheduled to conduct Full Ship Shock Trials before joining her sister littoral combat ships in their homeport of San Diego."