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USS Congress (FFG 63)


Specifications:
Class: Constellation
Number in Class: TBD
Displacement: 6700 tons (std), 7400 (full)
Length: 496' (oa)
Beam: 65' (extreme)
Draft: 26' (draft limit)
Propulsion: CODLAG (combined diesel-electric and gas turbine)
Speed: in excess of 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 140 crew / 200 (including detachments)
Fire Control / Processing Systems: COMBATSS-21 Combat Management System (AEGIS derivative), AN/SQQ-89F undersea warfare/anti-submarine warfare combat system Cooperative Engagement Capability
Radars: AN/SPS-73(V)18 - Next Generation Surface Search Radar, AN/SPY-6(V)3 Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR)
Sonars: AN/SLQ-61 light weight towed array sonar, AN/SQS-62 Variable-Depth Sonar
Electronic Warfare: 2-AN/SLQ-32(V)6 CM (SEWIP) Block 2 Electronic Countermeasures System, 4-Mk 53 Mod 9 Decoy Launch System (Nulka)
Missiles: 32 Mk 41 VLS Cells (RIM-162 ESSM Block 2 and/or RIM-174 Standard ERAM missiles, 8x or 16x canister launched Over-The-Horizon Anti-Ship Weapons (likely Naval Strike Missile)
Missiles (cont.): RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launched from Mk 49 Guided Missile Launching System (21 cell)
Guns: 1-Mk 110 57mm with Advanced Low Cost Munition Ordnance (ALaMO), various M240 / M2 MG's
Helicopter: 1 MH-60R LAMPS III Helicopter, MQ-8C Firescout UAV, RAST (Recovery, Assistance, Securing and Traversing System) helicopter hauldown system
Congress (FFG 63) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 December 2020: Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announced USS Congress (FFG 63) as the name for FFG 63 (the seventh ship of the U.S. Navy to carry the name)
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    Constellation 365k undated: Marinette, Wis. - An aerial view of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, which was founded in 1942 along the south bank of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin. The river forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Originally built to meet America's growing demand for naval construction, today FMM is one of the premier builders of vessels for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. From humble beginnings with a contract to build five wooden barges, FMM has grown into a world-class shipbuilder, having designed and built more than 1,500 vessels. In conjunction with the Lockheed Martin Corp., all of the planned Freedom Class LCS's will be built here, beginning in 2005 with USS Freedom (LCS 1). This company was also chosen as the builder for the Constellation Class Guided-Missile Frigates, beginning with the awarding of the contract for USS Constellation (FFG 62) on 0 April 2020.

    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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