The U.S. Navy will christen its latest Freedom-variant littoral fight ship (LCS), the long run USS Nantucket (LCS 27), throughout a ten a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, Aug. 7, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The principal speaker will probably be Rep. Mike Gallagher, U.S. Consultant for Wisconsin’s eighth District. In a time-honored Navy custom, the ship’s sponsor, Ms. Polly Spencer, will break a bottle of glowing wine throughout the bow.

LCS is a quick, agile, mission-focused platform designed to function in near-shore environments, successful in opposition to Twenty first-century coastal threats. The platform is able to supporting ahead presence, maritime safety, sea management, and deterrence. The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom-variant and the Independence-variant, designed and constructed by two business groups. The Freedom-variant staff is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence-variant staff is led by Austal USA in Cellular, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the next even-numbered hulls).


“The longer term USS Nantucket would be the third U.S. Navy ship commissioned to honor the maritime historical past and spirit of Nantucket,” stated Appearing Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker. “I’ve little question the Sailors of USS Nantucket (LCS 27) will keep it up the proud legacy from generations previous in preserving sea lanes, countering instability, and sustaining our maritime superiority.”

The primary Nantucket, a Passaic class coastal monitor, commissioned on Feb. 26, 1863. Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Nantucket participated within the assault on Accomplice forts in Charleston Harbor on April 7, 1863. Struck 51 instances in the course of the valiant but unsuccessful assault on the very important Southern port, the single-turreted monitor was repaired at Port Royal and returned to Charleston to help Military operations on Morris Island. The second Nantucket, a wood mild ship in-built 1907 for the Lighthouse Service, was transferred to the Navy by government order on April 11, 1917. Throughout World Conflict I, the ship continued its duties of warning vessels away from Nantucket Shoals and aided in guarding close by waters in opposition to U-boats.