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|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)
|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).
(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
|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)
|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)
|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.)
|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.)
|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
(U.S. Navy Photo #151121-N-HS500-013, by MC2 Christopher Lange from the Navy News Stand)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|267k||08 June 2016: Jacksonville, Fla. - Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) transits out of Naval Station Mayport after a
(U.S. Navy Photos #160608-N-UK306-001 and 160608-N-UK306-013, by MC2 Timothy Schumaker from the Navy News Stand)
|213k||04 September 2016: at sea off Mayport, Fla. - USS Milwaukee undergoes "Full Ship Shock Testing". The Navy detonated the bomb under the Milwaukee at 4:29 p.m.
Sunday, which the Geological Survey reported happened about 103 miles east-northeast of Flagler Beach and 106.6 miles east-northeast of Ormond Beach. Within the next four minutes, sound waves
rippling through underground layers of rock registered the explosion as a 3.8 magnitude earthquake on Geological Survey seismographs as far away as Kansas, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist
at the National Earthquake Information Center.
(Photo courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Team Freedom)
|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)
|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)
|View the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Milwaukee's Commanding Officers|
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officer|
|1.) 27 Nov. 2015||Crew 104: Cmdr. Kendall G. Bridgewater (prior enl. Army / OCS '96) (Carrolton, Ill.)|
|2.) 16 Dec. 2015||Crew 108: Cmdr. Kevin W. Ralston (OCS ‘97) (Gardiner, Mont.)|
|3.) 04 Nov. 2016||Crew 104: Cmdr. Mark H. Haney (USNA '98) (Fluvanna County, Va.)|
|4.) 16 Jun. 2017||Crew 108: Cmdr. Kenneth Lieberman (prior enl. / NROTC ‘98) (Whitehall, Pa.)|
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