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Don McGrogan,
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Indianapolis (LCS 17)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - I - D - P

"Legacy Of War"
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
Indianapolis (LCS 17) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 March 2013: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 16 August 2013: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 17 will be named USS Indianapolis
  • 19 July 2016: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis., keel authenticated by sponsor Mrs. Jill Donnelly, the wife of Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly
  • 14 April 2018: Launched and christened by sponsor Jill Donnelly
  • 26 June 2019: Successfully completed acceptance trials on Lake Michigan
  • 26 October 2019: Commissioned at Burns Harbor, Ind., Cmdr. Colin Kane in command, assigned to LCS Squadron Two 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.

    "Indianapolis, The Ship"     -    "Indianapolis, The People"

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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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    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)
    109k 19 July 2016: Marinette, Wis. - Jill Donnelly, left, wife of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and ship's sponsor, watches a welder for Marinette Marine engrave her initials during the keel laying ceremony for the future littoral combat ship Indianapolis (LCS 17).
    (© Photo courtesy of  Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
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    30 March 2018: Marinette, Wis. - The future littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis is moved from an indoor production facility at
    Fincantiere Marinette Marine to the launchway in preparation for its upcoming launch into the Menomenee River.
    (U.S. Navy photos #180330-N-N0101-114, #180330-N-N0101-113, #180330-N-N0101-110, and #180330-N-N0101-112 by Val Idhe, courtesy of Marinette Marine, from the Navy News Stand)

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    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    460k 15 December 2018: Marinette, Wis. - An early morning view of the Marinette Marine shipyard from the Menominee River as the future littoral combat ships USS Billings (LCS 15), left, and USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) are moored in front of USS St. Louis (LCS 19), before St. Louis' christening, 15 Dec. 2018.

    (U.S. Navy photo #181215-N-N0101-113 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    270k 27 March 2019: Marinette, Wis. - The sun rises behind the future USS Billings (LCS 15), left, and the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Later today the yard will hold a "Keel Laying and Authentication" ceremony for the future USS Marinette (LCS 25)

    (Photos courtesy of   Lockheed Martin Team Freedom)
    410k 20 October 2019: Lake Michigan - The future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) transits Lake Michigan toward Naval Station Great Lakes for a "Sail By and Salute". The Navy will commission the littoral combat ship on 26 October 2019 at Burns Harbor, Indiana.

    (U.S. Navy photo #191020-N-BM202-1147 by MC2 Camilo Fernan from the Navy News Stand)
    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #191020-N-BM202-1356 by MC2 Camilo Fernan from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)

    "Indianapolis, The Ship"     -    "Indianapolis, The People"


    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    Indianapolis History
    View the USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Indianapolis's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler

    Blue CrewGold Crew
    1.)  26 Oct. 2019Cmdr. Colin Joseph Kane (USNA '01) (Columbus, Oh.)1.)  .. Jan. 2021Cmdr. Joseph Mitzen (USNA 01) (Nesquehoning, Pa.)
    2.)  30 Nov. 2020Cmdr. Joseph Mitzen (USNA 01) (Nesquehoning, Pa.)2.)  .. Feb. 2022Cmdr. Jamie Joe Diaz (enl. 96, NROTC 03) (Texas)
    3.)  .. Jan. 2021Cmdr. Larry R. Ford Jr. (enl 91, STA-21 03) (Hampton, Va.)--
    4.)  .. Feb. 2023Cmdr. Matthew D. Arndt (enl 94, STA-21 05) (Lake City, Fla.)--

    Additional Resources

    View Indianapolis' Official Web page
    USS Indianapolis History on U.S. Carriers
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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