New USS Nantucket christened in Marinette, Wisconsin
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New USS Nantucket christened in Marinette, Wisconsin

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New USS Nantucket christened in Marinette, Wisconsin

Image Attribute: The launch of  USS Nantucket (LCS-27) on August 7, 2021 / Marinette, WI. Source: US Navy

On August 7, 2021, USS Nantucket (LCS-27), a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy was christened in Marinette, WI. She will be the third commissioned ship in naval service named after Nantucket. Marinette Marine was awarded the contract to build the ship on October 6,  2017. 

The principal speaker was Rep. Mike Gallagher, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th District. In a time-honored Navy tradition, the ship’s sponsor, Ms. Polly Spencer, broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.

“The future USS Nantucket will be the third U.S. Navy ship commissioned to honor the maritime history and spirit of Nantucket,” said Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker. “I have no doubt the Sailors of USS Nantucket (LCS 27) will carry on the proud legacy from generations past in preserving sea lanes, countering instability, and maintaining our maritime superiority.”

LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The platform is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. 

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom-variant and the Independence-variant, designed and built by two industry teams;
  • The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). 
  • The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).
About 40% of the hull of a Freedom-variant LCS is reconfigurable, able to integrate Longbow Hellfire Missiles, 30 mm guns, and manned and unmanned vehicles. LCS is equipped with Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and a Mark 110 gun, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute. An LCS also is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots.

The first Nantucket, a Passaic class coastal monitor, was commissioned on February 26, 1863. Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Nantucket participated in the attack on Confederate forts in Charleston Harbor on April 7, 1863. Struck 51 times during the valiant yet unsuccessful assault on the vital Southern port, the single-turreted monitor was repaired at Port Royal and returned to Charleston to support Army operations on Morris Island. 

The second Nantucket, a wooden lightship built-in 1907 for the Lighthouse Service, was transferred to the Navy by executive order on April 11, 1917. During World War I, the ship continued its duties of warning vessels away from Nantucket Shoals and aided in guarding nearby waters against U-boats.

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