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Ship's patch courtesy of
Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Little Rock (LCS 9)


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
Little Rock (LCS 9) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 July 2011: Named USS Little Rock
  • 16 March 2012: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 27 June 2013: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis.; keel authenticated by Mrs. Janee Bonner
  • 18 July 2015: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Janee Bonner, wife of U.S. representative Josiah R. (Jo) Bonner of Alabama

    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.

    "Little Rock, The Ship"     -    "Little Rock, 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) Navsource
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    05 March 2016: A ten view series of PCU Little Rock (LCS 9) being worked on in the fabrication shed at the Marinette Marine shipyard.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Little Rock 119k 19 February 2014: Marinette, Wis. - Little Rock being moved from the Fabrication Building to the launch cradle in preparation for her launching.  (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Little Rock 286k 17 July 2015: Marinette, Wis. - Little Rock in her launch cradle. She is being dressed for her christening and launching on 18 July.  (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Little Rock 275k 18 July 2015: Marinette, Wis. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with media before the christening and launch ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Little Rock (LCS 9) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis.  (U.S. Navy Photo #150718-N-AC887-001 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy News Stand)
    Little Rock 184k 18 July 2015: Marinette, Wis. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening and launch ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Little Rock (LCS 9) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis.  (U.S. Navy Photo #150718-N-AC887-002 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy News Stand)
    Little Rock 536k 18 July 2015: Marinette, Wis. - Janee Bonner, ship's sponsor for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Little Rock (LCS 9), breaks a bottle accross the ship's bow during a christening and launching ceremony at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis.  (U.S. Navy Photo #150718-N-ZZ999-116 courtesy of Lockheed-Martin, from the Navy News Stand)
    Little Rock 429k 18 July 2015: Marinette, Wis. - The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Little Rock (LCS 9) is launched into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisc. after a christening ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard.  (U.S. Navy Photo #150720-N-ZZ999-115 courtesy of Lockheed-Martin, from the Navy News Stand)

    Little Rock
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Emblem
    Little Rock
    Courtesy of
    Don McGrogan

    Little Rock History
    View the USS Little Rock (LCS 9) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    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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