US Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

Sec­re­tary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next free­dom-class lit­toral com­bat ship (LCS) will be named the USS Lit­tle Rock (LCS 9).

Lit­tle Rock is the sec­ond ship to bear the name of the cap­i­tal city in Arkansas. The USS Lit­tle Rock (CL-92/CLG‑4/CG‑4) was orig­i­nal­ly a Cleve­land-class light cruis­er that served after World War II, and was one of six to be con­vert­ed to a Galve­ston-class guid­ed mis­sile cruis­er. She was decom­mis­sioned in 1976 and now holds a place of hon­or as a muse­um ship in Buf­fa­lo, N.Y

Lit­tle Rock will be designed to defeat grow­ing lit­toral threats and pro­vide access and dom­i­nance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile sur­face com­bat­ant, the LCS pro­vides the required war fight­ing capa­bil­i­ties and oper­a­tional flex­i­bil­i­ty to exe­cute focused mis­sions close to the shore, such as mine war­fare, anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare, and sur­face warfare. 

The LCS Class con­sists of two dif­fer­ent hull forms, the Free­dom vari­ant and Inde­pen­dence vari­ant – a semi-plan­ing mono­hull and an alu­minum tri­maran – designed and built by two indus­try teams; Lock­heed Mar­tin and Aus­tel USA. These seaframes will be out­fit­ted with recon­fig­urable pay­loads, called mis­sion pack­ages, which can be changed out quick­ly as com­bat needs demand. These mis­sion pack­ages are sup­port­ed by spe­cial detach­ments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehi­cles and sen­sors in sup­port of mine, under­sea and sur­face war­fare missions. 

Lit­tle Rock will be 378 feet in length, have a water­line beam of 57 feet, dis­place approx­i­mate­ly 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. The con­struc­tion will be led by a Lock­heed Mar­tin indus­try team in Marinette, Wis. 

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about Free­dom class Lit­toral Com­bat Ships is avail­able online at .

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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