MARINETTE — Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 19, the future USS St. Louis, completed Acceptance Trials in Lake Michigan. The ship’s launch occurred Dec. 15, 2018.

Before the ship’s delivery to the U.S. Navy, early next year, final outfitting and fine-tuning must be completed. Once delivered, LCS 19 (future USS St. Louis) will represent the tenth U.S. Navy fleet’s Freedom-variant vessel designed and built by Lockheed Marin.

“Progress on the Freedom-variant program and LCS 19’s achievement would not be possible without the expertise and effort of our shipbuilders at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, and our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy” said Jan Allman, FMM president and CEO. 

The Freedom-variant LCS vessels have completed three successful deployments with a fourth ongoing. In October, LCS 7 (USS Detroit) deployed to the U.S. Southern Command supporting the Martillo campaign – a multinational effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in Central American coastal waters.

“As each Freedom-variant hull deploys, we seek out and incorporate fleet feedback and lessons learned to roll in capabilities for new hulls,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager, Small Combatants and Ship Systems. 

Unique among combat ships, the flexibility, speed, automation and weapon systems of the LCS design enable a focused-mission for supporting mine countermeasures, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions for easy adaptability to serve future and evolving missions.