Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Successfully Christened And Launched In Marinette, WI

The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Milwaukee (LCS 5) slides into Lake Michigan during a christening ceremony.
MARINETTE, Wis. (Dec. 18, 2013) The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Milwaukee (LCS 5) slides into Lake Michigan during a christening ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)
Today, Lockheed Martin and Marinette Marine Corp. successfully launched the third Freedom Class vessel, the USS Milwaukee.  There is a lot of community pride that the Freedom Class is built in Northeast WI.  The USS Milwaukee will be commissioned in Milwaukee, WI, in May or June, 2015.

Class and Type:  Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement:  3,000 metric tons (3,000 t) (full load)
Length:  378 feet (115 m)
Beam:  57.4 feet (17.5 m)
Draft:  12.8 feet (3.9 m)
Installed Power:  Electrical: 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines, Hitzinger generator units, 800 kW each
Propulsion:  2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, 2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
Speed:  47 knots (87 km/h; 54 mph) (sea state 3)
Range:  3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Endurance:  21 days (336 hours)
Boats and Landing Craft:  11 metres (36 ft) RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
15 to 50 core crew, 75 with mission crew (Blue and Gold crews)
Sensors and Processing Systems:  EADS TRS-3D 3D air and surface search radar
Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 combat management system
AN/SQR-20 Multi-Function Towed Array (As part of ASW mission module)
Electronic Warfare and Decoys:  Argon ST WBR-2000 ESM system
Terma A/S SKWS decoy system
Armament:  1x BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun, 400 rounds in turret and two ready service magazines with 240 rounds each.
4x .50-cal machine guns
2x Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm guns
21x RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Surface-to-Air Missiles
45 NLOS missiles (As part of ASuW mission module)
Aircraft Carried:  2x MH-60R/S SeahawkMQ-8 Fire Scout

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