A team led by Bethesda-based defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp. on Friday delivered America’s seventh littoral combat ship to the U.S. Navy.
The littoral combat ship is named because of its intended use in the littoral zone, which is the area close to shore. It is the fourth Freedom-class variant of the ship. The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull has 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space, the hull is ideally suited to accommodate additional upgrades.
Lockheed Martin said the team, which also includes shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states is now in full-rate production of the Freedom variant, with six ships under construction.
It is scheduled to be commissioned as the USS Detroit on Oct. 22 in Detroit.