USS Milwaukee (LCS-5)

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USS Milwaukee (LCS-5)
US Navy 090928-N-7241L-232 The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts flight deck certification with an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.jpg
Milwaukee‍ '​s sister-ship, USS Freedom, underway in September 2009.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Milwaukee
Namesake: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Awarded: 29 December 2010[1]
Builder: Marinette Marine
Laid down: 27 October 2011[1]
Launched: 18 December 2013[2]
Sponsored by: Sylvia M. Panetta[2]
Christened: 18 December 2013[2]
Status: Under construction
Badge: USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) COA.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 3,500 metric tons (3,900 short tons) full load[3]
Length: 378.3 ft (115.3 m)[1]
Beam: 57.4 ft (17.5 m)[1]
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)[1]
Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, 2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
Speed: 45 knots (52 mph; 83 km/h) (sea state 3)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)[4]
Endurance: 21 days (336 hours)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
11 m RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
Complement: 15 to 50 core crew, 75 mission crew (Blue and Gold crews)
Aircraft carried:
Notes: Electrical power is provided by 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each.

USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.[5] She will be the fifth ship to be named for the city of Milwaukee,[6][1] the largest city in Wisconsin.


Milwaukee was successfully launched on the predicted launch date. As of 18 December 2013 the ship has only 80% completion. She will have vastly improved systems as well as mission modules compared to USS Freedom and USS Independence, the first two Littoral Combat Ships. Her keel was laid down on 27 October 2011. Lockheed VP Joe North has said that starting with Milwaukee, the Lockheed LCS design is "done, locked and stable".[7] This is after 30 or so changes from USS Fort Worth on top of hundreds of changes from USS Freedom.[8] One of the improvements for Milwaukee are specially designed waterjets that replace the commercial versions used on previous Littoral Combat Ships.[9]

The launch and naming ceremony was held on 18 December 2013.[10][2] Milwaukee is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Navy's fleet in 2015.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Milwaukee". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 6 August 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches Future USS Milwaukee (Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship)". 19 December 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Littoral Combat Ship Class - LCS". America's Navy. US Navy. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "LCS Littoral Combat Ship". Retrieved 2009-03-08. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Marinette Marine receives $376M Navy contract". The Business Journal. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Mabus, Ray (18 March 2011). "Announcement of LCS 5 and LCS 7 Names" (PDF). Marinette, Wisconsin: United States Navy. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Ewing, Philip (10 January 2012). "SNA: LM’s LCS enters its ‘cookie cutter’ phase.". DoD Buzz. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Fabey, Michael (30 November 2012). "Redeeming Freedom: U.S. Navy Seeks to Renew Faith in LCS Fleet". Aviation Week. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Waterjets Could Propel Littoral Combat Ship to Greater Speeds". Science Daily. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Cavas, Christopher (3 October 2013). "New Ship News – Sub launched, Carrier prepped, LCS delivered". Defense News. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  11. ^ PEO LCS Public Affairs (27 October 2011). "Keel Laid for Future USS Milwaukee". Marinette, Wisconsin: U.S. Navy. Retrieved 30 May 2015.