Construction Begins on USS Fort Worth

13 July 2009 (Last Updated July 13th, 2009 18:30)

Construction has started on the US Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth. The ship is being built by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team at Marinette Marine's shipyard in Wisconsin, US. Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors Integrated Defense Te

Construction has started on the US Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth.

The ship is being built by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team at Marinette Marine's shipyard in Wisconsin, US.

Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors Integrated Defense Technologies business vice-president and general manager Dan Schultz said the combat ship will be built using Marinette Marine's modular production process that allows ship modules to be equipped up to 85% complete prior to launch.

The agile warship is designed to undergo missions in the world's coastal waters and provide the navy with fast, manoeuvrable and shallow-draft ships.

The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2012.

The construction contract for the USS Fort Worth was awarded to Lockheed Martin in March 2009.