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Milwaukee (LCS 5)


"Strength - Freedom"
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
Milwaukee (LCS 5) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. for $437 million
  • 18 March 2011: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 5 will be named USS Milwaukee
  • 18 August 2011: Fabrication commenced at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis.
  • 27 October 2011: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard
  • 18 December 2013: Launched, christened by sponsor Sylvia Panetta (wife of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta)
  • 16 October 2015: Accepted for delivery by the U.S. Navy, transferring ownership from Lockheed-Martin
  • 18 October 2015: LCS Crew 104 (The Juggernauts) moved aboard Milwaukee for the first time
  • 15 November 2015: After departing Marinette Marine on the 14th, Milwaukee moored at McKinley Marina lakefront in Veteran's Park in her namesake city
  • 27 November 2015: Commissioned at Milwaukee, Wis., Cmdr. Kendall G. Bridgewater (LCS Crew 104) in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 1 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 11 December 2015: While enroute to her homeport of San Diego, Milwaukee suffered an engineering casualty to the combining gears and had to be towed to Little Creek, Va.
  • 17 February 2016: Departed Little Creek, Va. enroute to Jacksonville, Fla., repairs to be finalized at BAE Systems shipyard
  • 04 & 19 September 2016: Conducted full ship shock trials (FSST) rehearsal; conducted the first FSST test, 100 miles northeast of Ormond Beach on 04 Sep.; underway for the second test on 19 Sep.
  • 30 December 2016: Welcome Ceremony held at Naval Station Mayport, homeport reassigned to LCS Squadron 2 at Mayport, Fla.

    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.

    "Milwaukee, The Ship"     -    "Milwaukee, The People"

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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)
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    Milwaukee 688k 17 December 2013: Marinette, Wis. - Two views of the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Milwaukee (LCS 5) being prepared for its christening ceremony on 18 December at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #131217-N-ZZ999-101 and 131217-N-ZZ999-102, courtesy of Marinette Marine, Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Navy News Stand)
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    Milwaukee 159k 18 December 2013: Marinette, Wis. - The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Milwaukee (LCS 5) slides into Lake Michigan during her christening ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #131218-N-EW716-001, courtesy of Marinette Marine, Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 297k 18 September 2015: Lake Michigan - A three view series showing the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) on her Acceptance Trials. Slicing its way through the choppy waters of Lake Michigan, the future USS Milwaukee passed its final test, earning high marks and a thumbs-up from the U.S. Navy after successfully completing its acceptance trial on 18 September.
    (Photos courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corp.)
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    Milwaukee 262k
    Milwaukee 316k 14 November 2013: Marinette, Wis. - The future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) departs Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard for the last time as LCS crew 104 guides her to Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee, built by the Lockheed Martin-led LCS industry team, will be commissioned by the Navy at her namesake city November 21. She will join her sister Freedom-variant littoral combat ships, USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth, in the Fleet.
    (Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corp.)
    Milwaukee 261k 21 November 2015: Milwaukee, Wis. - Members of the Navy Honor Guard present the colors during the National Anthem at the commissioning of USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).
    (U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-013, by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 280k 21 November 2015: Milwaukee, Wis. - Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard speaks during the commissioning of USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). USS Milwaukee, the third Freedom variant littoral combat ship, is designed to operate in shallow and coastal waters throughout the world.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-078 by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 233k 21 November 2015: Milwaukee, Wis. - Sailors from USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) stand in formation during the commissioning of the ship. USS Milwaukee, the third Freedom variant littoral combat ship, is designed to operate in shallow and coastal waters throughout the world.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-066 by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 364k 21 November 2015: Milwaukee, Wis. - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker presents a flag of Wisconsin to Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, commanding officer of USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), during the ship's commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-044 by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 133k 21 November 2015: Milwaukee, Wis. - A sailor stands ready to hoist the ship's colors during the commissioning of USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).
    (U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-082 by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 202k 21 November 2015: Milwaukee, Wis. - Sailors man the rails of the newly commissioned USS Milwaukee.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-126 by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee 359k 25 November 2015: Detroit, Mich. - The littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) during a visit to Detroit, Michigan, for a brief stay en route to shake-down cruise and operational patrols in the South China sea. On her bow standard Milwaukee flew the traditional Navy Jack. This unique flag with its rattlesnake on striped field, reminiscent to but different from the Gadsden Flag, is flown from the jackstaff of commissioned vessels of the U.S. Navy while moored at a dock.
    (Image courtesy of   Tom Demerly, Insights on the Endurance, Technical and Adventure Lifestyle)
    Robert Hurst
    Milwaukee 506k undated: location unknown - an undated aerial overhead shot of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LC-5) underway, location unknown. Note the distinctive camouflage scheme worn in this image reminiscent of wartime German raiders.
    (U.S. Navy Photo, image courtesy of   Tom Demerly, Insights on the Endurance, Technical and Adventure Lifestyle)
    Milwaukee 243k 19 February 2016: Jacksonville, Fla. - Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee transits Naval Station Mayport Harbor on its way into port for a maintenance period. While in Mayport, it will take on equipment for underway testing this spring, before eventually arriving in its San Diego homeport.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #160219-N-UK306-011, by MC2 Timothy Schumaker from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
    Milwaukee 360k 08 June 2016: Jacksonville, Fla. - Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) transits out of Naval Station Mayport after a maintenance period.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #160608-N-UK306-013, by MC2 Timothy Schumaker from the Navy News Stand)
    Milwaukee / Detroit 213k 30 December 2016: Mayport, Fla. - The official party salutes as the National Anthem is sung during the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 homeport shift ceremony to welcome USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) as LCSRON 2 assets onboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport. As the immediate Superior in Command of littoral combat ships home ported at NAVSTA Mayport, LCSRON 2 is responsible for the training, readiness, maintenance and support of assigned ships.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #161230-N-TP832-049, by MC3 Michael Lopez from the Navy News Stand)
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    Milwaukee / Detroit 306k 30 December 2016: Mayport, Fla. - Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, speaks at a ceremony welcoming the Freedom-variant littoral combat ships USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) to Mayport, Fla.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #161230-N-PI800-008, by Cmdr. Erik Reynolds from the Navy News Stand)

    Milwaukee
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Emblem
    Milwaukee
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    Milwaukee History
    View the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.


    Milwaukee's Commanding Officers
    Blue CrewGold Crew
    1.) PCU - Cmdr. Michael D. Brasseur (Beaufort, S.C.)1.) PCU - Cmdr. Kendall G. Bridgewater (Carrolton, Ill.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    Additional Resources

    View Milwaukee's Official Web page
    Freedom Class LCS - A Virtual Tour
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum


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