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BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Wichita (LCS 13)

"Keeper Of The Seas"
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
  • 12 July 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
  • 12 January 2019: Commissioned at Mayport, Fla., Commander Nathan Rowan (Blue) in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 2 at Mayport

    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)
    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)
    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
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Little Rock 372k 01 July 2017: Marinette, Wis. – A beautiful morning sunrise over the Menominee River. PCU Billings (LCS 15) sits high in her launch cradle while PCU Little Rock (LCS 9) and PCU Wichita (LCS 13) sit peacefully at their fitting out piers.

    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Wichita 1.) 476k   Wichita 2.) 564k   Wichita 3.) 364k   Wichita 4.) 436k   Wichita 5.) 864k   Wichita 6.) 934k  

    11 July 2018: Lake Michigan - The future littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) conducts acceptance trials, which are the last significant milestone before a ship
    is delivered to the Navy. LCS-13 is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as the open-ocean. It is designed
    to defeat asymmetric threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

    (U.S. Navy photo #1.) 180711-N-N0101-390, 2.) 180711-N-N0101-377, 3.) 180711-N-N0101-374, 4.) 180711-N-N0101-376,
    5.) 180711-N-N0101-369, and 6.) 180711-N-N0101-368 courtesy of The Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Wichita 1.) 171k   Wichita 2.) 332k   Wichita 3.) 272k   Wichita 4.) 277k  

    12 January 2019: Mayport, Fla.
    1.) The audience stands as the ensign is raised above the littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Wichita is
    the fourteenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the seventh of the Freedom variant. It is the third Navy combat ship named after Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.
    2.) Cmdr. Nathan Rowan, the commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13), delivers remarks during Wichita's commissioning ceremony.
    3.) Kate Lehrer, ship sponsor of the littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13), prepares to motivate the ship's crew during Wichita's commissioning.
    4.) The crew of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) bring the ship to life

    (U.S. Navy photos #1.) 190112-N-DA434-157, 2.) 190112-N-DA434-230, 3.) 190112-N-DA434-175, and 4.) 190112-N-DA434-199 by MC3 Alana Langdon from the Navy News Stand)

    "Wichita, The Ship"     -    "Wichita, The People"

    Wichita Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Booklet Cover
    Courtesy of
    Richard Mattie
    Courtesy of
    Richard Mattie

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

    Wichita's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Date of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Jan. 2019Cmdr. Nathan Rowan (NROTC '00) (Tenn.)
    2.) 28 Jun. 2019Cmdr. Chavius Germaine Lewis (OCS ‘00) (Sylvester, Ga.)

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