The US Navy has commissioned USS Indianapolis (Littoral Combat Ship 17) in Burns Harbor, Indiana.
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The milestone means the Lockheed Martin-built ship has been placed in active service.
“Indianapolis’ speed, flexibility and lethality bring a unique set of capabilities to the fleet,” said Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager of Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin.
“She is equipped and ready for today’s threats and can easily integrate new capabilities for tomorrow’s threats. Our team is confident Indianapolis will be what the Navy needs when the fleet needs it.”
The Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is designed to support mine countermeasures, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions, and is easily adapted to serve future and evolving missions.
“The crew gives the ship its own personality and warfighting spirit. The men and women of USS Indianapolis exemplify patriotism, grit, and what this great country of ours stand for,” said LCS 17’s Commanding Officer, Commander Colin Kane.
“I am extremely proud to have all of [the USS Indianapolis crew] as shipmates.”
Currently, there are seven ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant LCS is built.
The next Freedom-variant in the class is LCS 19, the future USS St Louis, which is on track to begin sea trials later this year.
“On behalf of the proud 2,000 men and women who transform flat steel into a fast, agile surface combatant, we are honored to support the US Navy, and we congratulate the outstanding crew of the USS Indianapolis,” said Jan Allman, CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine.