A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has launched a new Freedom-variant littoral combat ship into Menominee River following the vesselâ€™s christening at Fincantieri Marinette Marine's shipyard.
In addition to being geared to travel at speeds over 40 knots, the LCS features a customizable hull, automation technology and rolling airframe missiles, the company said Saturday.
Jodi Greene, deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Navy for policy, christened the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul as the shipâ€™s sponsor.
â€œLittoral combat ships are designed to operate in more areas than a typical Navy ship, including shallow water near the coastline,â€ Greene commented.
â€œLCS 21 and her sister ships will soon represent the interests of the United States where and when needed,â€ said Jan Allman, president and CEO at Fincantieri Marinette Marine.