The future USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), which departed the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Wisconsin this week, is the second LCS of the steel, semi-planing, mono-hull Freedom variant.
"The ship's builders and crew have done an exceptional job preparing Fort Worth for sail-away," said Rear Adm. James Murdoch, program executive officer for Littoral Combat Ships. "This ship is incredibly well built and will provide a tremendous capability to the fleet."
The Navy said a number of design changes -- based on lessons learned from the first ship of class -- were on LCS 3 and will now be part of the baseline design for future Freedom class ships.
The Littoral Combat Ship is an agile, shallow-draft, vessel designed for operations in near-shore environments. They are outfitted with reconfigurable payloads for mine counter-measures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.