Lockheed, Fincantieri Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for 23rd Navy Littoral Combat Ship

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine hosted a keel laying ceremony in Marinette, Wis., for the U.S. Navy’s 23rd Littoral Combat Ship, which will be named USS Cooperstown.

Ellen Tillapaugh, mayor of Cooperstown, N.Y., welded her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed on the Freedom-class ship to complete the authentication process, Lockheed said Tuesday.

The industry team is integrating the LCS with technologies to support various Naval operations such as mine, surface and anti-submarine warfare.

The Navy has received five out of eight Freedom-variant ships the service branch ordered from the Lockheed-led team.

USS Cooperstown is named as such to honor local veterans who served in several armed conflicts such as the Civil War and the Korean War.

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