Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
On July 17, 2003 the US Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin-led Littoral Combat Ship team a $10 million contract for preliminary design of this transformational naval combatant.
On May 27, 2004 Bollinger Shipyards, Inc, a member of the Lockheed Martin led team was awarded a contract to complete the final design of the U.S. Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship. The initial contract, which includes options to build two "Flight Zero" ships, is valued at $423 million. Bollinger is a member of the Lockheed Martin led team which also includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox and Marinette Marine. Once options are exercised, construction of the first LCS will begin in January, 2005 at Marinette Marine with the launch scheduled in late 2006. Construction of the second ship will begin at Bollinger in 2006. The Navy is expected to announce a selection for additional LCS "Flight One" production in 2007 which could provide for the construction for up to 56 additional ships.
On April 10, 2006 the U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin foreign military sales contract valued at nearly $5.2 million to conduct a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) feasibility study for the Israeli Navy. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will examine possible modifications to its LCS design to meet specific Israeli naval requirements. During the nine-month feasibility study, Lockheed Martin will examine its current LCS design for hull, mechanical and electrical system compatibility with the Israeli Navy's combat systems and other requirements. The successful completion of this study could lead to follow-on contracts to design and build one or two ships for the Israeli Navy. Construction of these ships would occur at Marinette Marine and Bollinger Shipyards in the United States. Several other countries also have expressed interest in Lockheed Martin's LCS design concept.
On June 27, 2006 the US Navy awarded a Lockheed Martin-led team nearly $198 million for construction of the Navy's third Littoral Combat Ship. This is the second LCS awarded to the Lockheed Martin team. The Lockheed Martin team will begin construction in the first quarter of 2007 at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, LA. The ship will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2009. The US Congress authorized and appropriated the funds for this additional ship in the fiscal year 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. Bollinger Shipyards has already played an active role in the LCS program. During the construction of the first LCS, Freedom (LCS 1), Bollinger constructed one of the ship's stern modules, giving their Lockport workforce the opportunity to train on LCS processes and further demonstrating the strength and integration capabilities of the Lockheed Martin team.
Freedom, the nation's first LCS, is currently under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI. The Lockheed Martin team was awarded the contract for Freedom in December 2004, began construction of the ship in February 2005 and laid its keel in June 2005. The first LCS for the U.S. Navy, Freedom (LCS 1), under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI, is to be homeported in San Diego, will launch in the summer of 2006 and be delivered in 2007. The ship will be christened this fall and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2007.
By July 2006 the Navy's first Mine Warfare (MIW) Mission Package (MP) Det. 1 crew was currently training and preparing to operate from the Navy's most innovative, modularized and reconfigurable ship - the Littoral Combat Ship, future USS Freedom (LCS 1). The modularity and flexibility of the mission packages ensure that we can transport and embark them on the LCS when and where they're needed very quickly. Training the first MIW MP Det. 1 crew to board the future Freedom signified one of the last required phases in certifying the mission packages ready for deployment. The mission package is only complete when a qualified crew embarks the ship with the package. The detachment crew was on track to conclude qualification trials in November 2007. After successful qualification, the crew will be certified for deployment aboard the future Freedom. The crew will also receive training in Visit, Board, Search and Seizure, and Anti-terrorism/Force Protection according to Ed Brenner, Mine Warfare Training lead.
In October 2007 the Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team demonstrated the successful operation of Freedom (LCS 1)'s automated stern doors, articulating stern ramp and the side launch doors, key elements of the unique launch and recovery system of the nation's first LCS. The stern ramp offers the capability of launching and recovering large hard-bottomed vehicles such as 11 meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) or the special operations forces high speed boat, while the ship is underway. The unique side door in the LCS's design provides a second launch and recovery point for smaller vehicles and can also be used for replenishment and refueling of at-sea mission packages. Both access points are serviced by an overhead crane system that extends overboard and is capable of lifting any vehicle designed to be carried by the LCS.
Freedom was under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI, where continuing outfitting and testing were completed for delivery in 2008, about a year later than originally scheduled. Freedom will be home ported in San Diego, CA.
In March 2009, the Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin team a fixed-price incentive fee contract to build the third LCS. LCS 3, the future USS Fort Worth, is being built in Marinette, Wis., and recently reached the 60-percent completion mark. Construction remains on cost and on schedule for delivery to the Navy in 2012. Lessons learned from designing and building USS Freedom have resulted in improved efficiencies in Fort Worth's construction, including a 30-percent reduction in labor hours.
On 15 September 2010 the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team submitted its final proposal revision for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fiscal year 2010-2014 contract to the U.S. Navy. Lockheed Martin is one of two industry teams competing for the contract. The Navy will award the winning team a fixed-price incentive fee contract to provide up to 10 ships as well as combat systems for five additional ships. "The Lockheed Martin team is providing a low-risk, affordable LCS option that will meet the U.S. Navy's needs for years to come," said Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens. "During my attendance at last month's presentation to the Navy, I committed the full financial, technical and programmatic strength of our Corporation to the success of this critical program."
Prior to this competition, Lockheed Martin was awarded contracts to construct two ships for this new class. The Lockheed Martin-led team designed and constructed USS Freedom (LCS 1), which was delivered to the Navy in 2008 and successfully completed its first deployment earlier this year. USS Freedom's design meets all requirements and has completed sea trials, helicopter landings, weapons firings, small boat launch and recovery testing. USS Freedom also recently participated in the world's largest maritime exercise, known as Rim of the Pacific 2010, where it operated with international navies and successfully completed a series of operational exercises.