Littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS-13)

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Classification

Type:
type: Littoral combat ship

Basic information

Namesake:
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, it is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area which had an estimated population of 644,610 in 2015.
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Marinette Marine
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:
MMSI:
369970969

Ship measurements

Displacement:
3500 t
Length:
115.3 m
Beam:
17.5 m
Draught:
4 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:
45 knots
Range:
3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)

Crew

Complement:
125
Ship's company:
50
Mission crew:
75

Combat assets

Boats & landing craft:
  • 11 m (36 ft) Rigid-hulled inflatable boat
  • 12 m (40 ft) high-speed boats
Armament:
  • 1 * BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun, 400 rounds in turret and two ready service magazines with 240 rounds each
  • 21 * RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Surface-to-Air Missiles
  • Honeywell Mk 50 Torpedo
  • NETFIRES PAM missile in the ASuW module
  • 2 * .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • can be fitted with up to 4 * Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm guns
Aircraft:
  • 2 * MH-60R/S Seahawk
  • 1 * MQ-8 Fire Scout

USS Wichita (LCS-13) will be a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. It will be the third ship named after Wichita, the largest city in Kansas. The ceremonial “laying of the keel” was on 9 February 2015, at Marinette, Wisconsin. Sponsored by Kate Lehrer, wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, the ship was christened and launched on 17 September 2016. The naval crest of the ship incorporates elements of the Wichita flag, along with a buffalo skull and feathers representing the Native American heritage and wheat to reflect the state of Kansas's main crop. She is assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO. The ship was acquired by the US Navy from Lockheed Martin and the Marinette Marine shipyard on 22 August 2018 along with USS Sioux City in a double delivery.

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