USS Little Rock (LCS-9)

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USS Little Rock Buffalo Harbor.jpg
USS Little Rock sailing into Buffalo Inner Harbor
United States
Name: Little Rock
Namesake: Little Rock, Arkansas
Awarded: 29 December 2010[1]
Builder: Marinette Marine[1]
Laid down: 27 June 2013[1]
Launched: 18 July 2015[2]
Sponsored by: Janée L. Bonner[3]
Christened: 18 July 2015[3]
Acquired: 25 September 2017[4]
Commissioned: 16 December 2017
Homeport: Naval Station Mayport
Identification: MMSI number: 369970709
Status: In active service
Badge: USS Little Rock LCS-9 CoA.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 3,500 metric tons (3,900 short tons) full load[5]
Length: 378.3 ft (115.3 m)
Beam: 57.4 ft (17.5 m)
Draft: 13.0 ft (4.0 m)
Installed power: 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each.
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)[6]
Endurance: 21 days (336 hours)
Boats & 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:
Aviation facilities: Flight deck, hangar

USS Little Rock (LCS-9) is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) of the United States Navy.[1][7] She is the second ship named after Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas.[8] The ship's estimated construction costs are between $300 million and $350 million.[9][10] The keel laying ceremony for Little Rock was on 27 June 2013. The mast stepping ceremony took place on 23 April 2015, followed by the christening ceremony on 18 July 2015.

On 25 August 2017, Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, completed acceptance trials on Lake Michigan with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning the right to fly brooms atop her mast signifying a clean sweep of the ship's sea trials.[11] The ship was delivered to the United States Navy on 25 September 2017.[4] The ship was commissioned alongside the earlier Galveston-class cruiser USS Little Rock at Buffalo, New York on 16 December 2017.[12] The commissioning ceremony marked the first time a U.S. Navy ship has commissioned next to her namesake.[13]

After commissioning in Buffalo, New York, she headed to home port at Mayport Naval Station, Florida where she is assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two. However, harsh winter conditions caused delays preventing her from leaving St. Lawrence Seaway and she was stuck in ice at the port in Montreal.[14][15] Little Rock remained there until 31 March 2018.[16]

From 23 to 29 May 2018, Little Rock participated in New York City's annual Fleet Week celebrations. She was docked in Staten Island during and open to public tours during the time.[17]



  1. ^ a b c d "Little Rock (LCS-9)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches The Future USS Little Rock" (Press release). Lockheed Martin. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Navy Announces Christening of Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine deliver future USS Little Rock to U.S. Navy - Sep 25, 2017". Media - Lockheed Martin. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Littoral Combat Ship Class - LCS". America's Navy. US Navy. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  6. ^ "LCS Littoral Combat Ship". Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Marinette Marine to build USS Little Rock". Fox News. 15 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  9. ^ Mays, Gabrielle (18 October 2014). "Future USS Detroit launched at Marinette Marine shipyard". Fox 11. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  10. ^ Friedman, Norman (23 December 2013). "USS Little Rock, from Light to Guided Missile Cruiser: Lessons for the Littoral Combat Ship". Breaking Defense. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  11. ^ Lampe, Ellen (1 September 2017). "New USS Little Rock One Step Closer to Joining Fleet". ARKANSASMATTERS. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Little Rock". Naval Sea Systems Command. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  13. ^ Robbins, Samantha (18 December 2017). "Navy Commissions Newest Littoral Combat Ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9)". US Navy. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  14. ^ Woody, Chirstopher (11 January 2018). "The US Navy's newest warship is stuck in Canada because of ice". Business Insider. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  15. ^ The Canadian Press (21 January 2018). "A U.S. Navy ship is trapped in Montreal until spring due to icy waters". CBC News. CBC. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  16. ^ Lowrie, Morgan (31 March 2018). "U.S. warship trapped by ice in Montreal for 3 months resumes trip home". Toronto Star. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
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