07/16/2018–The Fincanteri Marinette Marine built LCS 13, the future USS Wichita, completed Acceptance Trials in the waters of Lake Michigan last week and is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer.
Joe DePietro, vice president, Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin says this ship is one step closer to joining the fleet and conducting critical maritime operations for the Navy.
The trials, conducted July 9-12, included a full-power run, maneuverability testing and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship’s combat system. Major systems and features were demonstrated including aviation support, and small boat launch handling and recovery.
The future USS Wichita is one of eight ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.
LCS 15, the future USS Billings is scheduled to complete sea trials this year.