The U.S. Navy and a Lockheed Martin-led industry team have christened and launched the service’s fifth littoral combat ship at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Wisconsin.
Sylvia M. Panetta served as the USS Milwaukee‘s sponsor and broke a ceremonial bottle of champagne against the bow prior to the ship’s launch into the Menominee River, Lockheed said Wednesday.
The USS Milwaukee will now undergo outfitting and evaluation and delivery is scheduled for 2015.
Dale Bennett, Lockheed executive vice president of its mission systems and training business, said the company aims to help the Navy build ships to address multiple missions.
“As the service prepares to retire three ship classes in this strenuous budget environment, the Lockheed Martin-team’s LCS is helping to fill those gaps,” he added.
Lockheed also led the design and construction of the USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth under the Navy program.