The US Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11), is due to be commissioned into service.
On 11 November, the vessel will arrive at Annapolis, Maryland, before being commissioned during a ceremony at the US Naval Academy. It is then scheduled to be commissioned into service on 17 November.
Sioux City is the first ship named after the fourth-largest city in Iowa and the 14th littoral combat vessel that has been delivered to the US Navy and the sixth Freedom-variant ship to join the fleet.
To date, the future USS Sioux City has carried out several regularly scheduled port visits.
The US Navy’s LCS has been designed as a modular, reconfigurable vessel that is capable of meeting validated fleet requirements for surface and anti-submarine warfare, as well as mine countermeasures operations in the littoral region.
Equipped with modular weapons, sensor systems and a wide range of manned and unmanned vehicles, the vessels feature an open architecture design that enables the ships to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, in addition to providing the US joint force access to critical theatres.
In May, the future USS Sioux City concluded its acceptance trials, which marked the completion of the final major milestone before its delivery to the navy.
The vessel was delivered to the US Navy on 22 August along with the seventh Freedom-class ship, the future USS Wichita (LCS 13).
The 378ft-long LCS 11 has a beam of 57.4ft and a full load displacement of 3,500mt and is capable of travelling at a speed of 45k.