The first of the 10 ships will be acquired in 2010, at a contract value of $437 million, and the rest via options through 2015. Marinette Marine Corporation will build the ships in Marinette,Wis. Lockheed Martin industry team designed and constructed the nation“™s first LCS, USS Freedom.
“The Lockheed Martin team“™s Littoral Combat Ship is designed to confront rapidly changing global threats while providing a cost-effective solution in an era of tight budgets,“ said Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens. “This team“™s strong performance will enable the Navy to deploy a class of affordable, multi-mission combatants to address the nation’s needs for decades to come.“