Categories: Maritime SecurityNews

U.S. Navy to commission Littoral Combat Ship Wichita


The U.S. Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Jan. 12, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., near Jacksonville, where the ship will be homeported.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Kate Lehrer, author and wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, the former anchor of “The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour” on PBS, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Lehrer gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

“This commissioning represents USS Wichita’s entry into the active fleet and is a testament to the increased capabilities made possible by a true partnership between the Department of the Navy and our industrial base,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This ship honors the citizens of Wichita, Kansas for their longstanding support of the Navy and Marine Corps team and I am confident USS Wichita and crew will make our Navy and nation stronger.”

Military Headlines

The future USS Wichita is the third naval vessel to honor Kansas’s largest city. The first was a heavy cruiser in service from 1939 to 1947. Active during World War II, Wichita supported amphibious landings during Operation Torch in November 1942 in the European Theater. She later participated in the Battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf and the invasion of Okinawa in 1944 in the Pacific Theater. Wichita earned 13 battle stars for wartime service. The second USS Wichita (AOR 1) was a first-in-class replenishment oiler in service from 1969 to 1993. During her first three deployments, the ship made numerous trips to replenish ships on “Yankee Station,” earning four battle stars for service during the Vietnam War.

The future USS Wichita is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as the open-ocean. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, Marinette, Wis., (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

Published by

You May Also Like

Azerbaijan’s military shows off Armenian hardware seized in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has shown Armenian tanks and military vehicles that were seized in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

U.S. Army’s future vehicles to receive hybrid-electric engines

The U.S. Army has announced that its future air and ground vehicles will receive multi-fuel capable hybrid-electric engines.… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

AMVXP select for second phase of Bulgarian vehicle acquisition program

Patria's armoured combat vehicle AMVXP has been selected for the second phase of Bulgarian vehicle acquisition program based… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

Russian Tu-95MS bomber launch cruise missiles during drills

Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers launched cruise missiles and conducted mid-air refueling during drills in Russia’s Far East, the… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

North Korea reportedly to unveil new intercontinental ballistic missile

Citing a report from South Korean officials, Yonhap reported that North Korea is preparing for the demonstration of… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

Ukraine to supply engines for Turkish next-generation cruise missile

Ukraine will supply advanced missile engines to Turkey, for new cruise missile with deep-strike capability. The news agency… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

U.S. approves possible $158 million AIM-9X missiles sale to South Korea

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to South Korea of AIM-9X Block II Tactical Sidewinder… Read More

Oct 5, 2020

Russia plans to equip its combat helicopters with suicide drones

The Russian Armed Forces move to equip some of its combat helicopters with suicide drones, according to multiple… Read More

Oct 3, 2020

This website uses cookies.

Read More