Littoral Combat Ship

Ready for anything,
Since that's what the next mission could be.


The U.S. Navy’s ability to operate anywhere, anytime is essential. The Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship is a resilient flexible warship, designed from the keel up to affordably take on new capabilities – from the most advanced sensors, to the latest missiles, to cutting-edge cyber systems. Its speed, strength and versatility make it a critical tool to help our Sailors achieve the mission.


Learn how the littoral combat ship is designed to defeat
growing threats in the coastal water battlespace



Like all warships, the LCS is being built to fight. The Freedom-variant LCS meets and exceeds the survivability requirements for the three ship classes it will replace. Our LCS design has already proven its value - evidenced by the successful Southeast Asia deployment and continued trials with other Freedom-variant ships.



The LCS can establish and maintain dominance in the near-shore environments (littorals), a critical part of the surface force's ability to provide credible capability for deterrence, sea control, and power projection around the world.



We are currently in peak production, which allows us to drive down the cost per ship for the U.S. Navy. The average ship cost across the current block buy is half what the lead ship cost.



Freedom-Variant Ship Production Status.

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, which features a steel monohull design. The Freedom hull is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability on multiple overseas deployments.

LCS 1 USS Freedom Commissioned: Nov. 8, 2008
LCS 3 USS Fort Worth Commissioned: Sep. 22, 2012
LCS 5 USS Milwaukee Commissioned: Nov. 21, 2015
LCS 7 USS Detroit Commissioned: Oct. 22, 2016
LCS 9 Little Rock Commissioned: Dec. 16, 2017
LCS 11 Sioux City Launched: Jan. 30, 2016  
LCS 13 Wichita Launched: Sep. 17, 2016  
LCS 15 Billings Launched: July 1, 2017  
LCS 17 Indianapolis Under Construction  
LCS 19 St. Louis Under Construction  
LCS 21 Minneapolis-St. Paul Under Construction  
LCS 23 Cooperstown Pre-Production  
LCS 25 Marinette Pre-Production  
LCS 27 TBD Awarded            


Freedom-Variant Specifications.

Hull: Advanced semi-planing steel monohull

Length Overall: 118.6 meters (389 feet)

Beam Overall: 17.5 meters (57 feet)

Draft: 4.1 meters (13.5 feet)

Full Load Displacement: Approximately 3,400 metric tons

Top Speed: Greater than 45 knots

Watercraft Launch and Recovery: Up to Sea State 4

Aircraft Launch and Recovery: Up to Sea State 5

Propulsion: Combined diesel and gas (CODAG) turbine with steerable water jet propulsion

Hangar Space: Two H-60 Helos (either MH-60S or MH-60R) and up to three VTUAVs (MQ-8B or MQ-8C Firescout).

Core Crew: 50; Accommodations for 98 sailors

Integrated Bridge System: Fully digital nautical charts are interfaced to ship sensors to support safe ship operation

Core Self-Defense Suite: Includes 3D air search radar (4D air search radar in hulls after LCS 15), Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM in hulls after LCS 15), medium caliber 57-mm Mk 110 deck gun, EO/IR gunfire control system and decoy launching system.






Stay Informed. The Latest News on LCS.

Secretary of the Navy announces the next Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Marinette (LCS 25)
A Guide to the Christening and Launch Ceremony of LCS 15
Building Freedom: The Heartland's Shipyard
Lockheed Martin-Led Team Delivers Future USS Detroit to U.S. Navy
Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on 17th Littoral Combat Ship


LCS in Motion. See the Littoral Combat Ship in Action.



Contact Us

Media Contact:
Lockheed Martin LCS Team
300 M Street SE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20003-3442
Phone: +1 (202) 863-3123
Business Development:
Lockheed Martin Corporation
LCS Business Development
300 M Street SE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20003-3442
Phone: +1 (202) 863-3471

LCS Headline News

Don’t Give Up on the Littoral Combat Ship
Center for International Maritime Security, January 10, 2017

Mayport welcomes USS Milwaukee and Detroit
WJXT (Jacksonville), December 28, 2016

Navy’s new assessment shows no decline in number of littoral combat ships headed to Mayport
Florida Times Union, December 22, 2016

Navy Wants to Weave LCS, Unmanned Systems, Subs into New Battle Network
USNI News, December 12, 2016

PACOM chief touts LCS
Inside the Navy, November 21, 2016

Little Rock commissioning ceremony likely to be in late September 2017
Buffalo Business First, November 15, 2016