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Lockheed-Led Consortium Starts to Build Navy’s 13th LCS; Joe North Comments

Lockheed-Led Consortium Starts to Build Navy's 13th LCS; Joe North Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Littoral-Combat-ShipA consortium of Lockheed Martin, Marinette Marine and Gibbs & Cox has started to design and construct a 13th Littoral Combat Ship for the U.S. Navy.

A keel laying ceremony of the USS Wichita took place Monday at Marinette’s facility in Wisconsin and Kate Staples Lehrer, an author and a ship sponsor, signed her initials into the keel plate during the event, Lockheed said Monday.

The Lockheed-led team has delivered two LCS ships to the Navy and is building or testing six other similar vessels.

“We have leveraged best practices and incorporated improvements based on sailors' feedback to ensure the fleet is prepared and empowered to fight, operate and support the ship in the littorals and open seas worldwide,” said Joe North, vice president of Lockheed’s littoral ships and systems business.

Wichita will be designed to have multimission modules intended to allow the vessel to perform submarine warfare, mine countermeasure and anti-surface warfare operations.

Lockheed also works with almost 900 technology suppliers through the LCS program.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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