USS Little Rock (LCS-9)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Little Rock.
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: 16 March 2012[1]
Builder: Marinette Marine
Laid down: 27 June 2013[1]
Launched: 18 July 2015[2]
Sponsored by: Janée L. Bonner[3]
Christened: 18 July 2015[3]
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class & type: Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 3,500 metric tons (3,900 short tons) full load[4]
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)[5]
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][6] It is the second ship named after Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas.[7] The ship will cost somewhere between $300 million and $350 million[8] and is said[by whom?] to have many new features.[9] 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. Little Rock is presently undergoing sea trials.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Little Rock". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  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. ^ "Littoral Combat Ship Class - LCS". America's Navy. US Navy. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "LCS Littoral Combat Ship". Retrieved 2009-03-08. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Marinette Marine to build USS Little Rock". Fox News. 15 July 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Mays, Gabrielle (18 October 2014). "Future USS Detroit launched at Marinette Marine shipyard". Fox 11. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  9. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to USS Little Rock (LCS-9) at Wikimedia Commons

USS Little Rock Association website