The U.S. Navy accepted supply of the long run USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) on the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin September 20. The ship is the twelfth Freedom-variant Littoral Fight Ship (LCS) designed and delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led business workforce. Supply marks the official switch of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. Following supply, the ship will sail away for a commissioning ceremony in New York Metropolis earlier than transiting to its homeport in Mayport, Florida. LCS 23 is the second Freedom-variant ship outfitted with the combining gear correction that may enable unrestricted operations. The correction addresses a class-wide flaw that was recognized because the Fleet deployed these ships in better numbers.

“At present marks a major shipbuilding milestone within the lifetime of the long run USS Cooperstown, ‘America’s Away Crew,’ an distinctive ship and the most recent inductee into the Navy’s arsenal conducting operations across the globe. I stay up for seeing Cooperstown step as much as the plate together with her sister ships in Mayport to convey her slugging capabilities to the Fleet, ” stated Capt. Andy Gold, PMS 501 (Littoral Fight Ships) program supervisor.


US Navy Future Freedom-class USS Cooperstown (LCS 23). (Picture by Lockheed Martin)

The long run USS Cooperstown would be the first naval ship to honor the Village of Cooperstown in Otsego County, New York. The village is situated on the southern finish of the historic Otsego Lake within the central area of the state. Cooperstown, New York, is the house of the Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame and Museum, which is the supply of the ship’s motto, “America’s Away Crew.” A number of extra Freedom variant ships are beneath building on the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The long run USS Marinette (LCS 25) is scheduled for supply in early 2023. Extra ships in varied levels of building embrace the long run ships USS Nantucket (LCS 27), USS Beloit (LCS 29) and USS Cleveland (LCS 31). LCS 31 would be the remaining Freedom-variant LCS.

The long run USS Cooperstown is the fourth LCS delivered in Fiscal Yr 2022, following the deliveries of the Freedom-variant USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), Independence-variant USS Canberra (LCS 30), and Independence-variant USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). The LCS is a quick, agile, mission-focused platform designed to function in near-shore and open ocean environments, able to successful in opposition to Twenty first-century coastal threats resembling mines and swarming small craft. The ships are able to supporting ahead presence, maritime safety, sea management and deterrence. The Freedom class and the Independence class are the primary two LCS variants. Every is barely smaller than the U.S. Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate however bigger than Cyclone-class patrol ships.

US Navy Future Freedom-class USS Cooperstown (LCS 23)
US Navy Future Freedom-class USS Cooperstown (LCS 23). (Picture by Lockheed Martin)