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

Wichita (LCS 13)


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
Wichita (LCS 13) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 March 2013: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 09 February 2015: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis.; keel authenticated by Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer, wife of Jim Lehrer, PBS newsman
  • 15 September 2015: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that LCS 13 would be named Wichita
  • 17 September 2016: Launched and christened by sponsor by Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer

    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.

    "Wichita, The Ship"     -    "Wichita, 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, Photo #040527-O-0000L-003 courtesy of The Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Navy News Stand)
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    Wichita 214k 17 September 2016: Marinette, Wis. - Kate Lehrer, sponsor of the future USS Wichita (LCS 13), breaks a bottle of champagne across LCS-13's bow during the ship's christening ceremony. Once commissioned, LCS-13 will be the third naval vessel to honor Kansas's largest city.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #160917-N-N0101-100 courtesy of The Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Navy News Stand)
    Wichita 394k 17 December 2013: Marinette, Wis. - The 13th littoral combat ship, the future USS Wichita (LCS 13) launches sideways into the Menominee River after being christening by ship sponsor Kate Lehrer. Once commissioned, LCS 13 will be the third naval vessel to honor Kansas's largest city.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #160917-N-N0101-101 courtesy of The Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler

    Wichita
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Emblem
    Wichita
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    Wichita History
    View the USS Wichita (LCS 13) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    Additional Resources

    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation


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