USS Little Rock (LCS-9)

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Launch of USS Little Rock (LCS-9) at Marinette Marine in July 2015.jpg
Launch of USS Little Rock (LCS-9) on 18 July 2015
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]
Status: Delivered[4]
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 of the United States Navy.[1][7] It is the second ship named after Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas.[8] The ship's estimated construction cost will be between $300 million and $350 million[9] and is said[by whom?] to have many new features.[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, LCS-9, the future USS 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 its 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] Current plans are for the ship to be commissioned alongside the original USS Little Rock (CLG-4), in Buffalo, New York on 16 December 2017.[12]


  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 c "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 2009-03-08. 
  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 (2017-09-01). "New USS Little Rock One Step Closer to Joining Fleet". ARKANSASMATTERS. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  12. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Little Rock". Naval Sea Systems Command. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 

External links[edit]

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