The seventh Freedom-variant littoral combat ship constructed by aÂ Lockheed Martin-led industry team has entered into active service with the U.S. Navy.
Lockheed said SaturdayÂ the military service held a commissioning ceremony Saturday for theÂ USS Wichita, orÂ LCS 13,Â at Naval Station MayportÂ in Florida.
Ships of the Navy's Freedom class are built and testedÂ at a Fincantieri Marinette Marine facility. Each LCS isÂ designed to travel at a speed of more than 40 knots and supportÂ anti-submarine, surface warfare and mine countermeasure missions.
The vessels are equipped with a combat management system, rolling airframe missilesÂ and a Mark 110 gun technology.
Â "We remain focused on delivering these ships as quickly as possible with increasing capability and lethality,"Â said Joe DePietro, vice president of small combatants and ship systems at Lockheed.
The Navy is scheduled to accept its future USS BillingsÂ ship, orÂ LCS 15, from the industry teamÂ this spring.