On Saturday, December 15, the future U.S.S. St. Louis, currently known as LCS 19 (shops do not receive their name until they are commissioned) was launched in Wisconsin. The ship is designed for engagement in coastal waters, and possesses mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Lockheed Martin, an aerospace and defense company, got the contract to build the ship in December 2010, and the name St. Louis was selected in April 2015. This will be the seventh Navy ship to bear that name, the first since the amphibious cargo ship St. Louis left service in 1991.
The Freedom-class LCS is one of the few types of ships that are launched sideways into the water. Joe DePietro, Lockheed's vice president of small combatants and ship systems, said in a statement that the method was used because of the ship's size and the capabilities of the shipyard.
"The ship has a shallow draft (it requires less than 14 feet of water to operate in) and is a small combatant (about 381 feet long), and can therefore be side launched, where many other ships cannot," DePietro said.
Read more and watch the video of the launch here!
January 7, 2019 - 2:27pm