MARINETTE, Wisconsin - The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) successfully concluded its acceptance trial July 15 after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
The acceptance trial is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for later this fall. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully performed launch and recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, conducted surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, and demonstrated the ship's maneuverability.
"Another thorough trial by the Board of Inspection and Survey, and another ship with improved scores and at a lower cost than her predecessor," said LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "Detroit's performance during acceptance trial is a testament to the hard work of the Marinette workforce. I look forward to placing the ship in the capable hands of her crew later this summer."
Following delivery and commissioning in its namesake city of Detroit, Michigan, LCS 7 will sail to California to be homeported in San Diego, California with sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).
Several more Freedom variants are under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wisconsin: The future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is preparing for Builder's Trials in 2016. Christened in January 2016, Sioux City (LCS 11) is currently conducting system testing in preparation for trials in 2017. The future USS Wichita (LCS 13) is preparing for launch in the fall. Meanwhile Billings (LCS 15) laid her keel in November 2015 and sister ship Indianapolis (LCS 17), which started fabrication in August 2015, is preparing to lay her keel in July 2016. Additional ships in the pre-production phase include St. Louis (LCS 19), Minneapolis St. Paul (LCS 21), Cooperstown (LCS 23) and to-be-named LCS 25.
Designed and built by two industry teams, the LCS class consists of the Freedom variant, led by Lockheed Martin, and the Independence variant, led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and follow-on even-numbered hulls; General Dynamics Bath Iron Works led on LCS 2 and LCS 4). Thirteen ships are under construction, purchased as part of the Navy's innovative block-buy acquisition strategy.
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including Surface Warfare, Mine Countermeasures, and Anti-Submarine Warfare. The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet.