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St. Louis (LCS 19)

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
St. Louis (LCS 19) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 17 April 2015: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 19 will be named USS St. Louis
  • 17 May 2017: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis.; keel authenticated by sponsor Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the wife of Andy Taylor, chairman of Enterprise Holdings, the largest privately held company in St. Louis
  • 15 December 2018: Launched and christened by sponsor Barbara Taylor

    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.

    "St. Louis, The Ship"     -    "St. Louis, 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)
    St. Louis 249k 17 May 2017: Marinette, Wis. - The U.S. Navy, together with shipbuilders at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, laid the keel for the future littoral combat ship USS St. Louis (LCS 19) during a keel laying ceremony in Marinette, Wisc. Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the ship's sponsor, authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170517-N-N0101-001 from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Center)
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    Billings 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)
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    15 December 2018: Marinette, Wis. - Three views, as the Navy prepares to christen the future littoral combat ship USS St. Louis (LCS 19) at Marinette
    Marine. In view one, USS Billings (LCS 15) is under construction and preparing for commissioning. Once commissioned, LCS-19 will be the seventh
    ship to bear the name St. Louis, while LCS-15 will be the first U.S Navy ship named after Billings, Montana.

    (U.S. Navy photos #181215-N-N0101-112, #181215-N-N0101-115, and #181215-N-N0101-114 courtesy of Marinette Marine, from the Navy News Stand)
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    15 December 2018: Marinette, Wis. - Ship's sponsor Barbara Taylor christens the future littoral combat ship USS St. Louis (LCS 19) at Marinette Marine. The
    next three views show St. Louis entering the Menominee River for the first time. Once commissioned, LCS-19 will be the seventh ship to bear the name St. Louis.

    (U.S. Navy photos #181215-N-N0101-197, #181215-N-N0101-198, #181215-N-N0101-111, and #181215-N-N0101-110 courtesy of Marinette Marine, from the Navy News Stand)

    "St. Louis, The Ship"     -    "St. Louis, The People"

    St. Louis History
    View the USS St. Louis (LCS 19) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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