Lockheed-Led Industry Team Launches 15th Navy LCS; Joe North Comments

An industry team led by Lockheed Martin has launched the U.S. Navy‘s 15th Littoral Combat Ship into the Menominee River from the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin.

Lockheed said Saturday that USS Billings will undergo additional outfitting and testing activities at the Wisconsin-based shipyard ahead of a scheduled delivery to the service branch in 2018.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Gibbs & Cox and more than 800 suppliers comprise the Lockheed-led team that constructed LCS 15.

Joe North, vice president of littoral ships and systems at Lockheed, said the new Freedom-variant warship is built to play a key role in the Navy fleet and mission of combatant commanders.

Sharla Tester served as sponsor of USS Billings and broke a champagne bottle across vessel’s bow during a christening ceremony held Saturday.

In November 2015, Lockheed conducted a keel-laying ceremony where Tester welded her initials on a steel plate installed on the ship.

You may also be interested in...

S-Docs

S-Docs Meets FedRAMP Moderate Level, DOD Impact Level-4 Requirements

S-Docs has achieved moderate level certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and complied with the Impact Level 4 standards of the Department of Defense Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide following a cybersecurity assessment conducted by Coalfire Systems.

Bradley M2A3 IFV

BAE, General Dynamics Bid for Army Bradley Replacement Competition

Industry teams led by BAE Systems and General Dynamics have submitted bids to the U.S. Army for a competitive program to replace the branch's Bradley infantry fighting vehicle platform. The two companies separately confirmed plans to join the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition nearly six months after Rheinmetall's U.S. subsidiary unveiled its own team that will pursue the OMFV program.

Caron Ward EVP IronArch Technology

Former LMI Exec Caron Ward Joins IronArch in EVP Role

Caron Ward, formerly director of LMI's program and implementation management practice, has been named executive vice president of customer experience and delivery engagement at McLean, Virginia-based federal consulting services provider IronArch Technology. She previously supported multiple engagements with government clients and worked at Hewlett Packard and IBM earlier in her career.