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Freedom (LCS 1)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - R - E

"Fast - Focused - Fearless"
Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship - Freedom Class (Variant 1, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Semi-planing Monohull
Displacement: 2135 tons (light), 2862 tons (full) Dead Weight: 727 tons
Length: 324 (wl), 378.9' (oa)
Beam: 43' (wl), 57' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (navigational), 14' (draft limit)
Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW gas turbines, FM Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B STC diesel engines driving four Rolls-Royce waterjets
Auxiliary Power: Four Isotta Fraschini Model V1708 ship service diesel generator sets
Speed: 45 kts
Armament: BAE Systems Land and Armaments Mk110 57mm naval gun system
Combat Management System: Lockheed Martin open architecture COMBATSS-21
Electronics: EADS TRS-3D C-band radar (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment)
Decoy System: Soft-Kill Weapon System (SKWS) decoy launcher from Terma A/S of Denmark
Complement: 26
Freedom (LCS 1) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 December 2004: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 02 June 2005: Laid down at Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis.
  • 23 September 2006: Launched, sponsored by Mrs. Birgit Smith, widow of the late U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ray Smith, a posthumous Medal of Honor winner of the Iraq War
  • 08 November 2008: Commissioned at Veteran's Park, Milwaukee, Wis., Cmdr Donald D. Gabrielson, (CO Blue) and Cmdr Michael P. Doran, (CO Gold) in command.
  • 15 December 2008: Arrived in Norfolk, Va. to undergo post-delivery tests and sea trials before transiting to her homeport in San Diego, Cal.
  • 08 September 2009: Completed second industrial post-delivery availability (IPDA) at Colonna's Shipyard, Norfolk, Va.
  • 22 - 25 September 2009: Successfully conducted the first Littoral Combat Ship Surface Warfare (SUW) Gun Mission Module structural test firing off the Virginia coast.
  • 23 April 2010: Arrived at her homeport, San Diego, Cal. (after a transit with stops at Mayport, Fla.; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Balboa, Panama; Manzanillo, Mexico)

    Note:
    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown, N.J. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath ME. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile AL; BAE Systems, Rockville MD; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore MD; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg VA; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore MD; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington VT; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton CT; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington DC; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

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    Freedom 172k 27 May 2004: Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Navy announced today that Lockheed Martin Corporation - Maritime Systems & Sensors Division, Moorestown, N.J., will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP). (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Photo #040527-O-0000L-003, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Freedom 99k 02 June 2005: Marinette, Wis. - Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Vern Clark, left, and Mrs. Birgit Smith, right, ships sponsor of the first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1), watch as a welder permanently etches Mrs. Smith's initials on a plaque that will be permanently attached to the ship. Smith is the widow to the late U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ray Smith, who was killed in action in Iraq and was recently awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor. LCS is a new class of ship designed to be a fast, agile and networked warship able to execute focused missions to defeat shallow water threats such as mines, diesel-electric submarines and fast surface crafts. (U.S. Navy photo #050602-N-2383B-080 by PHC Johnny Bivera, from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 123k 16 August 2006: Marinette, Wis. - The first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) is shown under construction in Marinette, Wis. LCS is a new class of ship designed to be a fast, agile and networked warship able to execute focused missions to defeat shallow water threats such as mines, diesel-electric submarines and fast surface crafts. Freedom is scheduled to be christened on 23 September 2006. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, from the Navy News Stand) Tony Cowart
    Freedom 126k undated: Marinette, Wis. -A view of Freedom's fixed, steerable Rolls-Royce water jets which enable superior maneuverability for mission execution. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation) Bill Gonyo
    Freedom 99k 08 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - The first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom is shown under construction in Marinette, Wis. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Freedom 117k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - Navy officials, prospective crewmembers for Freedom (LCS 1) and Lockheed Martin team officials salute the flag at the beginning of the christening ceremony for the Navyís first Littoral Combat Ship. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation) Lee Wahler
    Freedom 83k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chief of Naval Operations addresses the audience at the christening ceremony for the nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation)
    Freedom 123k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - The audience listens intently to the remarks during the christening ceremony, as Freedom sits on the ways ready for launch. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation)
    Freedom 128k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - The nationís first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships prepares to make a side launch during her christening at the Marinette Marine shipyard. The agile 377-foot Freedom -- designed and built by a team led by Lockheed Martin -- will help the U.S. Navy defeat growing littoral, or close-to-shore, threats and provide access and dominance in coastal water battle-space. Displacing 3,000 metric tons and with a capability of reaching speeds well over 40 knots, Freedom will be a fast, maneuverable and networked surface combatant with operational flexibility to execute focused missions, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and humanitarian relief. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, from the Navy News Stand) Tony Cowart
    Freedom 117k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - An audience of Navy officials and crew members, Lockheed Martin team members and Marinette Marine employees gather to witness the christening and launch of Freedom (LCS 1). (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation) Lee Wahler
    Freedom 60k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - Mrs. Birgit Smith, ship's sponsor, christened Freedom with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow. Mrs. Smith is the wife of U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Paul Ray Smith who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry and bravery above and beyond the call of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation)
    Freedom 89k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - Freedom is launched. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation)
    Freedom 99k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - The nationís first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships makes a spectacular side launch during her christening at the Marinette Marine shipyard. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, from the Navy Newstand) Tony Cowart
    Freedom 74k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - Freedom experiences her first taste of water during her launching. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation) Lee Wahler
    Freedom 113k 23 September 2006: Marinette, Wis. - The nationís first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships sits afloat following a spectacular side launch during her christening at the Marinette Marine shipyard. (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, from the Navy News Stand) Tony Cowart
    Freedom 217k 28 July 2008: Lake Michigan - The nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1), the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships, underway for the first time during day one of the ship's Builders Trials. The agile 377-foot Freedom -- designed and built by a team led by Lockheed Martin -- will help the U.S. Navy defeat growing littoral, or close-to-shore, threats and provide access and dominance in coastal water battle-space. Displacing 3,000 metric tons and with a capability of reaching speeds well over 40 knots, Freedom will be a fast, maneuverable and networked surface combatant with operational flexibility to execute focused missions, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and humanitarian relief. (U.S. Navy photo #080728-O-XXXXX-001 thru 008 courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, from the Navy News Stand) Sent in simultaneously by


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    Freedom 164k 20 August 2008: Marinette, Wis. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), the first ship in the Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship class, prepares to go to sea to begin acceptance trials. The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey team will conduct the acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. (U.S. Navy photo #080820-N-7090S-056 by MC3 Jhi L. Scott from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 139k 20 August 2008: Marinette, Wis. - Civilians watch as the littoral combat ship USS Freedom approaches the Menekaunee draw bridge as the ship goes to sea to begin acceptance trials. The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey team will conduct the acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. (U.S. Navy photo #080820-N-7090S-362 by MC3 Jhi L. Scott from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 170k 04 November 2008: Milwaukee, Wis. - USS Freedom (LCS 1) berths in Milwaukee harbor preparing for her commissioning on 8 November. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships being produced for the Navy. Freedom is an innovative combatant designed to operate quickly in shallow water environments to counter challenging threats in costal regions, specifically mines, submarines and fast surface craft. (U.S. Navy photo #081104-N-0762S-003 by John Sheppard from the Navy News Stand) Tony Cowart
    Freedom 234k 08 November 2008: Milwaukee, Wis. - Hundreds of spectators attend the commissioning ceremony for the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions. (U.S. Navy photo #081108-N-9269B-096 by MC2 Katherine Boeder from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 111k 08 November 2008: Milwaukee, Wis. - The crew of the newly commissioned littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) run aboard after being given the order to man the ship and bring her to life. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions. (U.S. Navy photo #081108-N-5549O-114 by MC2 Kevin S. O'Brien from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 146k 08 November 2008: Milwaukee, Wis. - Sea Cadets stand in formation as the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) mans the rails during her commissioning ceremony at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions. (US Navy photo #081108-N-9269B-098 by MC2 Katherine Boeder from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 64k 08 November 2008: Milwaukee, Wis. - A sailor assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) hoists the First Navy Jack during her commissioning ceremony at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions. (U.S. Navy photo #081108-N-9269B-064 by MC2 Katherine Boeder from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 80k 15 November 2008: Milwaukee, Wis. - Cdr Don Gabrielson, commanding officer of USS Freedom (LCS 1), from San Diego, Calif., talks with a local news outlet during a media event aboard the ship. The crew is participating in numerous events preparing for the ship's commissioning Saturday, 8 November. (U.S. Navy photo #081105-N-0762S-001 by John Sheppard from the Navy News Stand) Robert M. Cieri
    Freedom 205k 16 November 2008: Port Robinson, Ontario - Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) man their sea and anchor detail stations as the ship transits through one of the many lock stations of the Welland Canal. Freedom, the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments, is enroute to Naval Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #081118-N-5758H-110 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 251k 16 November 2008: Buffalo, N.Y. - The littoral combat ship Freedom sails into the mouth of the Buffalo River toward Buffalo Naval Park for a scheduled port visit in Buffalo, N.Y. (U.S. Navy photo #081116-N-5758H-036 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 192k 18 November 2008: Port Robinson, Ontario - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits through one of many locks stations in the Welland Canal. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions and is in route to Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #081118-N-5758H-076 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 229k 21 November 2008: Montreal, Quebec - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sails under the Pont Jacques-Cartier Bridge as the ship departs from the Old Port of Montreal. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions and is en route to Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #081121-N-5758H-142 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 129k 21 November 2008: Montreal, Quebec - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sits pier side at the Old Port of Montreal. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions and is en route to Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #081121-N-5758H-022 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 197k 06 December 2008: Boston, Mass. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), right, the Navy's newest commissioned ship, berths next to USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard during a weekend port visit in Boston. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions and is currently en route to Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #081206-N-5758H-076 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 284k 08 December 2008: Boston, Mass. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's newest commissioned ship, transits the Boston Harbor. Freedom spent three days moored next to USS Constitution , the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. (U.S. Navy photo #081208-N-1060K-067 by MC3 Anna Kiner from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 176k 10 December 2008: Annapolis, Md - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jacob Beard, left, and Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Andrew Naff await the arrival of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Freedom is visiting the Naval Academy as part of its maiden voyage from the Great Lakes to Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #081210-N-5390M-025 by Ken Mierzejewski from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 160k 15 December 2008: Norfolk, Va. - The littoral combat ship Freedom arrives in Norfolk after a month-long underway through the Great Lakes, Eastern Canada and the Northeast coast of the United States. Freedom will be undergo post-delivery tests and sea trials in Norfolk before transiting to her homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #081215-N-4515N-158 by MCSA Joshua Adam Nuzzo from the Navy News Stand) Lee Wahler
    Freedom 198k 15 December 2008: Norfolk, Va. - Freedom is moored to the pier for her first night at Naval Station Norfolk. Freedom arrived in Norfolk after a month-long underway through the Great Lakes, Eastern Canada and the Northeast coast of the United States. She will undergo post-delivery tests and sea trials in Norfolk before transiting to her homeport in San Diego. (US Navy photo #081215-N-1713L-079 by MC1 Lolita M. Lewis from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 189k 05 May 2009: Alexandria, Va. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) pulls into port at Robinson Terminal in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Freedom brings new capabilities to the fleet, including the ability to travel closer to shore than a conventional ship, providing a considerable advantage in the war on terror. (U.S. Navy photo #090505-N-5319A-001 by MC1 Brien Aho from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Freedom 174k 06 May 2009: Alexandria, Va. - Gold Crew Command Master Chief Tony Decker gives Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West and Master Chief Johnny Walker a tour of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). Freedom is in port at Robinson Terminal in Old Town Alexandria, Va. (U.S. Navy photo #090505-N-9818V-050 by MC1 Jennifer A. Villalovos from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 231k 08 June 2009: Charleston, S.C. - A tugboat helps turn the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) around in Charleston Harbor before the ship moors in Charleston, SC. Freedom and its 40 man crew will enjoy a break from the testing and evaluation phase. (U.S. Navy photo #090608-N-1783P-014 by MM3 Juan Pinalez from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 653k 28 September 2009: the Atlantic Ocean - A four photo montage of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducting flight deck certification with an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. (U.S. Navy photos: Top Left - #090928-N-7241L-232; Top Right - #090928-N-7241L-149; Bottom Left - #090928-N-7241L-245; Bottom Right - #090928-N-7241L-091 by MC2 Nathan Laird from the Navy News Stand) Mike Hibbard
    Freedom 254k 10 November 2009: the Atlantic Ocean - Sailors stand watch on the bridge of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during a sea and anchor detail as the ship transits from Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va. to Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Freedom is conducting training operations off the East Coast of the United States. (U.S. Navy photo #091110-N-9806M-008 by MC2 Rafael Martie from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Freedom 299k 04 February 2010: the Atlantic Ocean - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) performs high-speed maneuvers during open-sea operations in the Atlantic Ocean. Freedom is taking part in Southern Seas 2010 as part of a scheduled homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo #100204-N-4774B-302 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy News Stand) Robert Hurst
    Freedom 268k 16 February 2010: Mayport, Fla. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs Naval Station Mayport on its maiden deployment to the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility. Freedom is the first ship of the revolutionary Littoral Combat Ship program, a fast, agile, mission-focused ship that demonstrates the latest in naval warfighting technology. (U.S. Navy photo #100216-N-1522S-007 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand) Lee Wahler
    Freedom 254k 16 February 2010: Mayport, Fla. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs Naval Station Mayport for its first operational deployment. Freedom will conduct counter-illicit trafficking operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100216-N-1522S-008 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 311k 16 February 2010: Mayport, Fla. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs Naval Station Mayport for its first operational deployment. Freedom will conduct counter-illicit trafficking operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100216-N-1522S-009 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 206k 14 March 2010: Colon, Panama - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is moored at the Port of Colon during a maintenance availability. Freedom is conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100314-N-7058E-361 by Lt. Ed Early from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 187k 19 March 2010: Cartagena, Colombia - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) passes a lighthouse while entering Cartagena to begin a theater security cooperation (TSC) port visit. (U.S. Navy photo #100319-N-6433M-463 by Capt. Mark Morris from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 324k 23 March 2010: Cartagena, Colombia - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) leaves the city of Cartagena following a four-day theater security cooperation port visit. (U.S. Navy photo #100323-N-7058E-133 by Lt. Ed Early from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 239k 25 March 2010: Panama Canal - Sailors assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) passes a lighthouse during a transit of the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal. Freedom is conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100325-N-7058E-100 by Lt. Ed Early from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 243k 25 March 2010: Panama City, Panama - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sits moored alongside the Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base. Freedom is conducting a theater security cooperation port visit while on her maiden deployment. (U.S. Navy photo #100325-N-7058E-209 by Lt. Ed Early from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 216k 27 March 2010: Panama City, Panama - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base during a theater security cooperation port visit as part of operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100327-N-5346R-002 by MC2 A.C. Rainey from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 231k 29 March 2010: Panama City, Panama - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) passes beneath the Bridge of the Americas as it departs Panama City following a theater security cooperation port visit as part of operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100329-N-7058E-033 by Lt. Ed Early from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 278k 07 April 2010: The Pacific Ocean - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) comes alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for a refueling at sea. Freedom is conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations and Carl Vinson is supporting Southern Seas 2010. Southern Seas is a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo #100407-N-0808V-229 by MC2 Ashley Van Dien from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 178k 07 April 2010: The Pacific Ocean - Sailors watch as the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts a refueling at sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Viinson (CVN 70). Freedom is conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations and Carl Vinson is supporting Southern Seas 2010. Southern Seas is a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo #100407-N-8878B-094 by MC2 Michael C. Barton from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 227k 07 April 2010: The Pacific Ocean - The littoral combat ship Freedom breaks away from Carl Vinson after a refueling at sea. (U.S. Navy photo #100407-N-0808V-253 by MC2 Ashley Van Dien from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 237k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) inbound in San Diego Bay, arriving in her new homeport for the first time. Here sheĎs passing NAS North Island, with USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the background. (Photo #REL4134AJR1800 © Robert Lang) Capt. Robert Lang, USN (Ret.)
    Freedom 144k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom passing the city of Coronado. (Photo #REL4147AJR1800 © Robert Lang)
    Freedom 132k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom inbound in San Diego Bay, passing the Ferry Landing area of Coronado. (Photo #REL4149AJR1800 © Robert Lang)
    Freedom 219k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom approaching the San Diego - Coronado Bridge, enroute to Pier 2 at the Naval Base. (Photo #REL4155AJR1800 © Robert Lang)
    Freedom 198k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom underneath the San Diego - Coronado Bridge, approaching the Naval Base. (Photo #REL4166AJR1800 © Robert Lang)
    Freedom 374k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship Freedom arrives in San Diego Harbor as she completes her maiden deployment. Freedom conducted counter-illicit trafficking operations, successfully integrated with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, performed exercises with partner navies, made three theater security port visits and conducted joint maneuvers with the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG 8) and her embarked remotely-operated aerial vehicle, Fire Scout. (U.S. Navy photo #100423-N-2259P-005 by MC1 Elena Pence from the Navy News Stand) Lee Wahler
    Freedom 247k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - Friends and family members of sailors aboard the Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) wave flags and signs to greet them after completion of her maiden deployment. Freedom successfully conducted operations including counter-illicit trafficking and port visits to Columbia, Panama, and Mexico in support of global maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo #100423-N-4774B-136 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 172k 23 April 2010: San Diego, Cal. - The Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom pulls into Naval Base San Diego after completion of her maiden deployment. Freedom successfully conducted operations including counter-illicit trafficking and port visits to Columbia, Panama, and Mexico in support of global maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo #100423-N-4774B-081 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 421k 30 December 2012: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom (LCS 1) moored at the Naval Station across from the bow of USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300), while Fort Worth (LCS 3) lies moored across from her stern. (Photo by Richard Miller) Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Freedom 77k February 2013: Point Loma, Cal. - Freedom (LCS 1), inbound to San Diego meets with Fort Worth (LCS 3) outbound for the Pacific Ocean
    Freedom 440k 22 February 2013: The Pacific Ocean - Two views of the littoral combat ship Freedom is underway conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California. Freedom, the lead ship of the Freedom variant of LCS, is expected to deploy to Southeast Asia this spring. (U.S. Navy photo #130222-N-DR144-559 and #130222-N-DR144-592 by MC1 James R. Evans from the Navy News Stand) Lee Wahler
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    Freedom 264k 11 March 2013: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The littoral combat ship Freedom arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit during a deployment to the Asia Pacific region. LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare or mine countermeasures. (U.S. Navy photo #130311-N-WX059-086 by MC2 Sean Furey from the Navy News Stand)
    Freedom 140k 30 December 2013: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom (LCS 1) lies moored at the Naval Station across the pier from USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). (Photo by Richard Miller) Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Freedom 334k 18 January 2014: San Diego, Cal. - Freedom (LCS 1) lies moored at the Naval Station. (Photo by Richard Miller)

    Freedom Memorabilia
    Ship's Emblem
    Freedom
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    12 x 18" Lockheed-
    Martin Sign
    Freedom
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    Plankowner Lighter
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    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    Postcard
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    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
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    Courtesy of
    Don McGrogan
    BMCS, USN (Ret.)

    Freedom History
    View the USS Freedom (LCS 1) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    USS Freedom's Commanding Officers
    Blue CrewGold Crew
    Dates of Command Name Dates of Command Name
    1.) 08 Nov. 2008 - 14 Mar. 2009 Cmdr. Donald D. Gabrielson (Manassas, Va.) 1.) 08 Nov. 2008 - .. Jul. 2009 Cmdr. Michael P. Doran (Harrisonville, Mo.)
    2.) 14 Mar. 2009 - 21 Jul. 2010 Cmdr. Kristy Dawn Doyle 2.) .. Jul. 2009 - 11 Feb. 2011 Cmdr. James R. Garner
    3.) 21 Jul. 2010 - 29 May 2012 Cmdr. James Edwards (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) 3.) 11 Feb. 2011 - 27 Jul. 2012 Cmdr. Matthew Weber ('93) (Elk Grove, Ill.)
    4.) 29 May 2012 - 15 Dec. 2013 Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien ('95) (Seattle, Wa.) 4.) 27 Jul. 2012 - 17 Jan. 2014 Cmdr. Timothy Wilke (Schaumburg, Ill.)
    5.) 15 Dec. 2013 - 09 Apr. 2014 Cmdr. Roger Dale Heinken, Jr. ('95) 5.) 17 Jan. 2014 - Cmdr. Michael Richmond Jarrett, Jr. ('96) (Charleston, W.V.)
    6.) 09 Apr. 2014 - Cmdr. Michael Lee Atwell ('Ridgefield, Ct.)


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