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Sioux City (LCS 11)

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
Sioux City (LCS 11) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 February 2012: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 11 will be named USS Sioux City
  • 16 March 2012: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 19 February 2014: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis.; keel authenticated by ship's sponsor Mrs. Mary Winnefeld, wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr.
  • 30 January 2016: Launched and christened by ship's sponsor, Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremonies' principal address.
  • 25 May 2018: Completed builder's trials
  • 22 August 2018: In a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the ship from its builder, commissioning is scheduled for 22 November 2018 at Annapolis, Md.
  • 17 November 2018: Commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; Commander James R. Malone in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 2 at Mayport, Fla.

    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.

    "Sioux City, The Ship"     -    "Sioux City, 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)
    Freedom 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)
    Sioux City 688k 22 June 2012: Sioux City, Ia. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks at a ceremony celebrating the naming of the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship, USS Sioux City (LCS 11), at the Public Safety Memorial in Sioux City, Iowa. Mabus thanked the people of Sioux City for their support and contributions to the Navy and discussed the special bond that exists between a state and its namesake vessel.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #120623-N-AC887-001, by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy News Stand)
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    19 February 2014: Marinette, Wis. - Joe North, Lockheed Martin Vice President of Littoral Ship Systems, greets sponsor Mary Winnefeld and her husband, Adm.
    James "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr. to the keel laying ceremony for the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11). After the greeting and a short talk by both Mrs. and Admiral
    Winnefeld, she traced her initials on the keel plate. Her initials were then welded to the plate where they will remain for the life of the ship.

    (Photos courtesy of   Lockheed Martin Team Freedom)
    Sioux City 688k 19 February 2014: Marinette, Wis. - Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11).

    (U.S. Navy photo #140219-N-ZZ999-201 courtesy of Lockheed Martin from the Navy News Stand)
    Sioux City 406k early January 2016: Marinette, Wis. - A three photo series of Sioux City being moved from the Fabrication Building to the launch cradle on the bank of the Menominee River. She's scheduled to be christened and launched on 30 January 2016.

    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
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    Sioux City 97k 30 January 2016: Marinette, Wis. - Mrs. Mary Winnefeld, ship sponsor of the future USS Sioux City, christens the 11th littoral combat ship before launching sideways into the Menominee River.

    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Sioux City 265k 30 January 2016: Marinette, Wis. - The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) is launched into the Menominee River seconds after ship sponsor Mary Winnefeld, wife of retired Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, christened the Freedom variant littoral combat ship. LCS 11 is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of Sioux City, Iowa.

    (U.S. Navy photo #160130-N-ZZ999-001 courtesy of Lockheed Martin from the Navy News Stand)
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    10 February 2017: Marinette, Wis. - A four view series of PCU's Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), and Wichita (LCS 13) moored at the fitting out quay of Fincantiere, Marinette Marine.

    (Photos courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
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    26 October 2017: Marinette, Wis. - A five view series of PCU Sioux City (LCS 11) departing from the Marinette Marine shipyard. The future USS Wichita (LCS 13) and Billings (LCS 15)
    are moored behind her in the first photo. She's heading down the Menominee River to begin her builder's trials in Lake Michigan. Note the builder's flag flying from the port yardarm.

    (Photos © by Val Ihde of Lockheed Martin Team Freedom)
    Sioux City 448k 31 May 2018: Marinette, Wis. - The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) has completed acceptance trials in the waters of Lake Michigan. The trials, conducted 20-24 May, included surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat system. Major systems and features were demonstrated, including aviation support, small boat launch handling and recovery and ride control.

    (Photo courtesy of Marine Log)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Sioux City 332k 09 November 2018: Groton, Conn. - The littoral combat ship PCU Sioux City (LCS 11) transits the Thames River for a scheduled port visit to Naval Submarine Base New London. Sioux City will be commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Nov. 17, 2018.

    (U.S. Navy photo #181109-N-II118-005 and 181109-N-II118-030 by MCC Latrice Jackson from the Navy News Stand)
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    13 November 2018: Annapolis, Md. - In the first two photos the littoral combat ship Sioux City (LCS 11) transits the Severn River before it arrives at the U.S.
    Naval Academy. The second two photos show her moored at the U.S. Naval Academy. Sioux City, slated for commissioning on 17 November, will be the
    thirteenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Freedom variant. It is the first ship named for Sioux City, the fourth largest city in Iowa.

    (U.S. Navy photo #181113-N-OI810-140, 181113-N-OI810-116, 181113-N-OI810-116, and 181113-N-OI810-133 by MC2 Nathan Burke from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jacksonville, Fla.

    "Sioux City, The Ship"     -    "Sioux City, The People"

    Sioux City Memorabilia
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    Wolfgang Hechler
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    Sioux City History
    View the USS Sioux City (LCS 11) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Sioux City's Commanding Officers

    Blue Crew (LCS Crew 110, The Griffins)Gold Crew (LCS Crew 106, The Makos)
    1.) 17 Nov. 2018Cmdr. James R. Malone (prior enl. ‘86 / ECP ‘98) (Holly Grove, Ark.) 1.) 17 Nov. 2018Cmdr. Kevin B. O’Brien (NROTC '98) (Hanson, Mass.)

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