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USS Little Rock LCS 9
at completion of Sea Trials
Commissioning Set For The New
"New USS Little Rock passes seaworthy test"
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The Buffalo News - August 31, 2017
The future USS Little Rock passed comprehensive seaworthy trials last week on Lake Michigan, a necessary step before the ship can be brought to Buffalo's harbor later this year to be commissioned alongside the original USS Little Rock, which is permanently docked at Canalside.
The new USS Little Rock will be the first Navy ship commissioned alongside its namesake predecessor and the first Navy ship to be commissioned in Buffalo.
The five-day trials by the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey represent the last major milestone before delivery of the littoral combat ship.
The new Little Rock will be among the fastest ships in the Navy's fleet, will be able to navigate closer to shorelines and take on illicit-trafficking operations as well as counter-piracy operations. It will have a core crew of 50.
LITTLE ROCK LCS 9 Completes Builder's Trials
MARINETTE, Wis., Aug. 21, 2017 -- The Lockheed Martin-led industry team successfully completed the future USS Little Rock's LCS 9 Builder's Trials on Aug. 17. The ship's sea trials were completed in Lake Michigan after a successful set of demonstrations which saw the fifth LCS 9 hit speeds over 40 knots....
Sea trials are designed to test the ship's performance under a variety of operating conditions. During the builder's trials, the industry team successfully demonstrated reliability and performance improvements on the ship's propulsion system. All future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships will incorporate these improvements.
The Lockheed Martin-led team is now preparing Little Rock for acceptance trials in the coming weeks, when the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) will conduct inspections and witness final demonstrations before the ship is delivered to the Navy this year....
The team is on track to complete sea trials for LCS 9 and LCS 11 this year and deliver each ship shortly thereafter....
For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/lcs
Posted 21 August 2017
LCS 9 during Builder's Trials (click to enlarge)
Mayport set to welcome two more 'ships of the future'
Mayport set to receive boost as part of big Littoral Combat Ship program changes
New engineering training ordered for class of Mayport-bound ships
Jacksonville, FL - Excitement is in the air as Naval Station Mayport officially welcomes USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) and USS Detroit (LCS-7).
Mayport is going to become home for all of the Navy's Freedom variant LCS's. Milwaukee and Detroit lead the way for Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) Two.
"Not only great for our national security, which shows you the importance of Northeast Florida, but also a tremendous impact on our local economy with all the ships and planes and people", said retiring US Representative Ander Crenshaw.
"The Littoral Combat Ship, the so-called ship of the future, all of those on the east coast are going to be headquartered right here in Mayport", Crenshaw said.
The Navy says Mayport will be home to 12 LCS, meaning more Sailors and families coming to the First Coast. This comes at an important time for the base, which has seen ship levels drop with the decommissioning of Navy frigates.
LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with a strike group. They are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. A fast, maneuverable and networked surface-combatant, LCS's provide the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
USS Milwaukee was commissioned Nov. 21, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since arriving in Mayport last February, the ship's crew has successfully completed full-ship shock trials and is currently undergoing planned maintenance availability at BAE Shipyard.
USS Detroit was commissioned Oct. 22, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. On Nov. 23, the ship arrived at Mayport and has been conducting combat system ship qualification testing (CSSQT).
Over the next year three more ships, which have yet to be commissioned, will call Naval Station Mayport home: USS Little Rock LCS 9, USS Sioux City (LCS-11) and USS Wichita (LCS-13).
Posted: 4:17 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016
Mayport LCS Crew 109 Volunteers With USS Little Rock Association
15 May 2016
By Lt. Heath Sivley - LCS Crew 109
Six Sailors from littoral combat ship (LCS) Crew 109 joined members of the USS Little Rock Association at the museum ship USS Little Rock (CL 92/CLG 4) in Buffalo, N.Y., to perform restoration on the decommissioned ship prior to the start of the summer tourist season.
For 24 years, former Sailors who served aboard the Cleveland-class light cruiser reunite annually to restore and maintain the ship while sharing sea stories and preserving the ship's history.
The original Little Rock was commissioned in 1945, and was decommissioned in 1976. The ship was converted to a museum and relocated to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park 1980. She is the last remaining Cleveland-class light cruiser.
Sailors from LCS Crew 109, the Warhawgs, traveled from their homeport in Mayport, Fla. to assist in the annual restoration project. Crew 109 is made up of a core crew of 50 Sailors and serves as the commissioning crew for USS Little Rock LCS 9. The newest Little Rock will be the fifth Freedom-class littoral combat ship, and is scheduled to be commissioned in Buffalo later this year.
"This year has turned out to be a record-setter with respect to the number of participants in the USS Little Rock Association's annual work party," said Art Tilley, a former Missile Technician 2nd Class who served aboard Little Rock from 1962-1963.
"The additional six active-duty Navy personnel from LCS Crew 109 enabled us to work on more than double the number of projects, including installing weather deck canvas, prepping and painting significant portions of the Missile House exterior and repositioning several exterior deck drains," said Tilley. "It goes without saying that this will be a work party which will be remembered by the 'old' crew as unquestionably the most successful working party ever, thanks to the fantastic efforts and the much appreciated can-do attitude of our Crew 109 sailors."
"This has been a great opportunity for Sailors from the namesake Little Rock and the future LCS 9 to get together and not only build personal relationships but also preserve the history of the ship as well," said Cmdr. Paul Burkhart, commanding officer of the future Little Rock.
When the future Little Rock is commissioned, it will mark the first time a U.S. Navy ship is commissioned alongside her decommissioned namesake. This bridging of generations was evident as Sailors from the two ships worked together.
"The opportunity to see their heritage being passed down and perpetuating the legacy from the former crew to the new crew has been a treat for the staff here at the Buffalo Naval," said retired Aviation Hydraulic Structural Mechanic John Branning, a maintenance supervisor for the Buffalo Naval Park.
"Not to mention the sheer amount of painting and general material condition upkeep that the two groups have accomplished really helps us," Branning added. "Working parties like these are truly invaluable and having actual active-duty Sailors who have damage control and maintenance training really helps bring in updated view points and technological knowledge that some of us Old Guard are lacking."
"Meeting and working alongside other Little Rock Sailors was an experience within itself," said Engineman 2nd Class Kyler Ayscue from Crew 109.
"Hearing their stories and experiences, it's amazing how, even after 40 years or more, our stories can still relate."
Posted Approx: 15 June 2016
New USS Little Rock to be commissioned in Buffalo
By Chris Caya - April 26, 2016
An historic event is in the works for the USS. Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.
The Navy's new USS. Little Rock LCS 9 is going to be commissioned in Buffalo's Inner Harbor. Maurice Naylon, chairman of the local commissioning committee, says it's an historic event.
"Ships are commissioned throughout the Navy. But there's never been a ship commissioned... in the 240 year history of the Navy - right beside its namesake. And that's going to happen when the new U.S.S. Little Rock arrives in our port to be commissioned right beside its namesake," Naylon said.
The new ship's Commander, Paul Burkhart, is a Rochester native. Burkhart says no date has been set yet, but he says the new Little Rock will be in Buffalo for a week-long commissioning celebration.
"New USS Little Rock to be commissioned at Canalside"
By Aaron Besecker - 16 Apr 2016
Buffalo is going to be part of U.S. Navy history.
A new combat vessel will officially join the Navy's fleet during ceremonies on the city's waterfront later this year or early next year.
The new USS Little Rock, a Littoral Combat Ship, will be commissioned at Canalside next to the decommissioned ship of the same name, the first time an event will have happened with the vessels in such proximity in the Navy's history.
The new Little Rock will enter active duty next to the former cruiser, now a floating museum in the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park. The event also will mark the first time in the city's modern history that a ship entered the Navy's fleet here.
And the man in charge of the ship will be Commander Paul Burkhart, who graduated from high school outside Rochester in 1985.
Littoral Combat Ships get their name because they operate in waters close to shore.
The new Little Rock will be 378 feet long and 56 feet wide and will weigh about 3,000 tons.
That's shorter and lighter than ships in the destroyer class.
"We're going to be fast and agile. We'll go above 40 knots - other Navy ships don't quite make it that fast," Burkhart said.
The ship will be able to undertake three types of combat missions: anti-submarine, anti-mine and surface warfare.
Because of its abilities, the ship also will be well suited to take on illicit-trafficking operations in places like the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, as well as counter-piracy operations like around the Horn of Africa, Burkhart said.
The ship will have a helicopter launch pad, a ramp for small boats and will have new water jet-propulsion.
A core crew of 50 will operate the ship, plus 20 to 23 more sailors depending on the mission-specific equipment brought aboard. That means the total size of the crew will peak at fewer than 100, far fewer than the 250 to 350 sailors aboard a destroyer, Burkhart said.
"It takes fewer people because it's more automated," the graduate of Churchville-Chili High School said. In his 30-plus year career in the Navy, this will be Burkhart's 10th ship.
He enlisted in the Navy in Buffalo in 1984, before his senior year in high school. He eventually took part in an enlisted commissioning program, which allowed him to rise through the ranks as an officer.
The new Little Rock, named after the capital of Arkansas as was its namesake, will be the ninth ship of the LCS class. It was christened last July 18 at Marinette Marine Corp.'s shipyard in Marinette, Wis., with an estimated cost of $360 million. There are two variants within the LCS class - the Freedom variant, which has a conventional hull; and the Independence variant, which is a trimaran, or multi-hull boat. The Little Rock is a Freedom variant.
Once the ship is commissioned, it will undergo several months of tests of its combat systems and then mission-specific testing before it is ready to be deployed.
The decommissioned Little Rock was put into service as a light cruiser in 1945 and decommissioned in 1949. It was recommissioned as a guided missile cruiser in 1960 and decommissioned in 1976. It opened to the public in the naval park in 1979.
When the new Little Rock arrives in Buffalo from the Menominee River north of Green Bay for its commissioning event at Canalside, members of the public will be able to tour the ship as part of weeklong festivities. A date for the event has not been finalized.
Little Rock LCS 9 Crew
109's commissioning ceremony marks the
Excerpts from "DefenseNews" LINK
Pentagon Cuts LCS to 40 Ships, 1 Shipbuilder
By Christopher P. Cavas
WASHINGTON - The US Navy's fight to buy 52 variants of its littoral combat ship (LCS) from two shipbuilders may have taken a fatal blow this week after the secretary of defense directed the service to cap its buy at 40 ships and pick only one supplier. The directive also orders the Navy to buy only one ship annually over the next four years, down from three per year.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a Dec. 14 memo to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, told the Navy to "reduce the planned LCS/FF procurement from 52 to 40, creating a 1-1-1-1-2 profile, for eight fewer ships in the FYDP, and then downselect to one variant by FY 2019." FF is a Navy designation for frigate. Beginning with LCS 33, the Navy is planning to build a more heavily-armed LCS variant with the FF designation, the result of a 2014 directive from then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to produce a more powerful ship. The "1-1-1-1-2" profile would provide for one ship each year in 2017-2020 and two ships in 2021, the end of the current future years defense plan (FYDP).
Navy to make history when it commissions new
LITTLE ROCK is Christened at Marinette Marine
18 Jul 2015
An official invitation to the Christening Ceremony
An hour before the start of the Christening Ceremony it was
beginning to look as if the weather wouldn't cooperate.
views of Marinette Marine. The LITTLE ROCK is furthest from the camera... on the launching ways.
LITTLE ROCK in full dress shortly before launching.
ROCK Mast Stepping Ceremony
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