SECNAV Visits Marinette, Addresses the LCS Freedom Industry Team

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses hundreds of shipbuilders and sailors
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses hundreds of shipbuilders and sailors to thank them for their hard work on the production and testing of the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship. Photo credit: Val Ihde, Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

MARINETTE, Wis., Oct. 24, 2016 – Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with hundreds of shipbuilders and sailors working on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program at Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Oct. 24.

Throughout his tenure, Secretary Mabus has worked to improve the quality of life of sailors, Marines and their families; strengthen industry and international partnerships; and increase the size of the Navy fleet. Under Secretary of Mabus’ leadership, the Navy has put 86 ships under contract, including 11 Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships at Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

During his visit to Fincantieri Marinette Marine,  Mabus toured the shipyard and saw six ships in various stages of production, from initial steel fabrication all the way through waterfront testing. Mabus, who served aboard the last USS Little Rock, a Cleveland-class cruiser, also toured the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9).

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team has delivered four Freedom-variant ships to the US Navy to date. Collectively, Freedom-variant ships have sailed over 225,000 nautical miles and successfully completed two overseas deployments.

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, with six ships under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and three more in long-lead material procurement. The ship’s modular design and affordable price enables the U.S. Navy to provide presence where and when needed at a fraction of the cost of other platforms.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states. The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability. With 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space, the hull is ideally suited to accommodate additional lethality and survivability upgrades associated with the Freedom-variant Frigate.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/lcs

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus standing on the bridge wing of LCS 9 Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus standing on the bridge wing of LCS 9 with LCS 11 in the background, the future USS Little Rock. Photo credit: Val Ihde, Fincantieri Marinette Marine
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on the bridge of LCS 9 Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on the bridge of LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock . Secretary Mabus served aboard the previous USS Little Rock. Photo Credit: Val Ihde, Fincantieri Marinette Marine

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

About Fincantieri Marinette Marine
Founded in 1942, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is located on the Menominee River flowage into Green Bay. The largest shipyard in the Midwest, FMM has delivered more than 1,300 vessels to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial customers, including the technologically advanced Littoral Combat Ship Freedom variant for the U.S. Navy. In 2008, FMM along with several sister shipyards also based in the Great Lakes region, became part of FINCANTIERI, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation, with almost 19,000 employees, of whom more than 7,800 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents.  FINCANTIERI operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group, serving both civilian and government customers. Over the past five years, FINCANTIERI invested more than $100 million in both capital infrastructure and its resources to support FMM’s transformation into what is now one of the best shipyards in the United States. Employing approximately 1,500 employees, today FMM is a state-of-the-art, full service new construction shipyard.

About Gibbs & Cox
Gibbs & Cox, the nation’s leading independent maritime solutions firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering and design, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The company, founded in 1929, has provided designs for nearly 80 percent of the current U.S. Navy surface combatant fleet; approaching 7,000 naval and commercial ships have been built to Gibbs & Cox designs.