Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1)

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Classification

Type:
type: Littoral combat ship

Basic information

Namesake:
Concept of freedom
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Marinette Marine
Operator:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:

Ship measurements

Displacement:
3500 t
Length:
115 m
Beam (overall):
17.5 m
Beam:
13 m
Draught:
3.9 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW (48,000 hp) gas turbines
  • 2 * Colt-Pielstick diesel engines
  • 4 * Rolls-Royce waterjets
  • 4 * Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each
Speed:
47 knots
Range:
3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)

Crew

Complement:
98
Ship's company:
50
Mission crew:
48

Combat assets

Boats & landing craft:
  • 11 m (36 ft) Rigid-hulled inflatable boat
  • 12 m (40 ft) high-speed boats
Electronics:
  • EADS TRS-3D 3D air and surface search radar
  • Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 combat management system
  • AN/SQR-20 Multi-Function Towed Array (As part of ASW mission module)
  • Argon ST WBR-2000 ESM system
  • Terma A/S SKWS decoy system
Armament:
  • 1 * BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun, 400 rounds in turret and two ready service magazines with 240 rounds each
  • 4 * .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • 2 * Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm guns
  • 21 * RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Surface-to-Air Missiles
  • Other weapons as part of mission modules
Aircraft:
  • 1 * MH-60R/S Seahawk
  • 1 * MQ-8 Fire Scout

USS Freedom (LCS-1) is the lead ship of the Freedom class of littoral combat ships (LCS). She is the third vessel of the United States Navy to be so named for the concept of freedom. She is the design competitor produced by the Lockheed Martin consortium, in competition with the General Dynamics–designed USS Independence. She was officially accepted by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast on behalf of the US Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in Marinette, Wisconsin on 18 September 2008.

She is designed for a variety of missions in shallow waters, minesweeping and humanitarian relief, capable against submarines and small ships, but not designed to take on large warships. The ship is a semi-planing monohull design capable of over 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph).

Commissioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 8 November 2008, USS Freedom is home-ported in San Diego, and assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE.

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