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Don McGrogan,
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Cooperstown (LCS 23)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - C - O - O

"America's Away Team"
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
Cooperstown (LCS 23) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 25 July 2015: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 23 will be named USS Cooperstown
  • 14 August 2018: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis., keel authenticated by Ellen R. Tillapaugh, Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown, New York
  • 20 November 2019: Vice President Mike Pence toured the ship prior to giving a speech at Marinette Marine
  • 19 January 2020: Launched without ceremony
  • 29 February 2020: Christened by sponsor, Mrs. Alba Tull, wife of businessman/producer Thomas Tull; Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum delivered the keynote address
  • 14 December 2020: Completed acceptance trials
  • 20 September 2022: In a ceremony at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the ship was delivered to and accepted by the U.S. Navy
  • 26 October 2022: PCU Cooperstown made a port visit to Cleveland, Oh. while enroute to her commissioning and her new homeport of Mayport, Fla.
  • 08 May 2023: Commissioned at Pier 88, New York City, New York, Baseball player and manager, Joe Torre, was the principle speaker; Cmdr. Daxton Moore 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.

    "Cooperstown, The Ship"     -    "Cooperstown, 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.

    Archive Manager
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    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)
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    14 August 2018: 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 Cooperstown (LCS 23) during a keel laying ceremony in Marinette, Wis. The ship's sponsor was unavailable for the ceremony so the keel was
    authenticated by the Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown, New York, Ellen R. Tillapaugh. Her initials were welded onto a steel plate that was placed into
    the hull of the ship.

    (Photos courtesy of  LCS Team Freedom, Flickr)

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    413k 17 January 2020: Marinette, Wis. - Two views of a gorgeous winter morning at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, on the south bank of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin. The future USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) is in the launch cradle being prepared for her launch in two days, on 19 January.

    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)

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    19 January 2020: Marinette, Wis. - The future littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) was launched without ceremony.

    (Photos courtesy of  LCS Team Freedom, Flickr)

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    14 December 2020: Marinette, Wis. - The future littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) photographed while on her "Acceptance Trials" in Lake Michigan.

    (Photos courtesy of  LCS Team Freedom, Flickr)

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    Monday, 08 May 2023: New York City, N.Y.

    USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) was commissioned at Pier 88 in New York City, across from the USS Intrepid Memorial. She will be the first naval ship named after Cooperstown, New York and honors the 70 Hall of Famers who served the United States during wartime in a range of conflicts spanning the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame player and manager, Joe Torre, was the ceremony's principle speaker and highlighted the ship’s ties with the namesake service members. “It is critical that we honor the legacy of these Hall of Famers, not just for what they did on the field, but for what they sacrificed and what they accomplished off the field. Their legacy lives on with the USS Cooperstown and with the sailors here today and in the years to come.” The Ship's Sponsor Ms. Alba Tull, gave the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life.” “Cooperstown has a long-standing tradition of excellence and dedication to preserving the history and legacy of baseball, and the USS Cooperstown is a fitting tribute to that tradition,” said Tull. “The ship represents the best of America, our values, our commitment to defending our Nation and the interests of our country.” "The USS Cooperstown's commissioning is a proud moment for us all, made possible by the tireless efforts of our dedicated crew,” said Cooperstown’s Commanding Officer, Commander Daxton Moore. “They have demonstrated remarkable teamwork and a relentless commitment to excellence, working hard to ensure that this ship is ready. We are honored to carry the name Cooperstown into the fleet.” Cincinnati Reds Catcher, Johnny Bench, who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, presented the long glass during the ceremony. The crew was host for a weeklong series of events celebrating the ship, its namesake city, and the community it honors.

    1.) The future USS Cooperstown (LCS 23) sits pierside in New York City prior to the ship’s commissioning ceremony. ......................................................................................................230506-N-OA516-1025
    2.) Reverend Gerald Murray, Chaplain, Navy League of the United States, New York Council, delivers the invocation during the Cooperstown ceremony. ..................................230506-N-OA516-1128
    3.) Mr. Chauncey McIntosh, vice president of Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors, Lockheed Martin, gives remarks during the commissioning ceremony. .........................230506-N-OA516-1170
    4.) Vice Adm. John Mustin, Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve, gives remarks during the commissioning ceremony of littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown. ............................230506-N-OA516-1198
    5.) Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, speaks during the commissioning ceremony of littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown. ..................................................230506-N-OA516-1264
    6.) Mr. Joe Torre, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, speaks during the commissioning ceremony of Cooperstown in New York City. .............................................230506-N-OA516-1361
    7.) Cmdr. Daxton Moore, commanding officer of USS Cooperstown (LCS 23), gives remarks during her commissioning ceremony. .............................................................................230506-N-OA516-1512
    8.) Ms. Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and honorary sponsor of Cooperstown, gives remarks during the ceremony. ..........230506-N-OA516-1187
    9.) The crew of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Cooperstown (LCS 23), brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony in New York City. .................230506-N-OA516-1471
    10.) Mr. Johnny Bench, of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, passes the long glass to Lt. Warner Vanos, with instructions to "Set the First Watch." ..................230506-N-OA516-1380

    (Photos by MC1 Kevin C. Leitner, courtesy of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)

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    "Cooperstown, The Ship"     -    "Cooperstown, The People"

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    Mike Smolinski

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Cooperstown (LCS 23) at Navsource
    Cooperstown's Commanding Officers
    Date of CommandCommanding Officers
    1.)  08 May 2023Cmdr. Daxton Moore (enl. ‘93 / Citadel ‘05) (Luray, Va.)

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