March 17, 2008
LCS 1 passes testing milestone
While the Littoral Combat Ship program continues to encounter heavy seas in Congress, the first of the breed, Freedom (LCS 1), has successfully completed another testing milestone with the "light off" and test of its electric plant.
Freedom is being built by a Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) -led industry team.
The recent tests aboard Freedom included the light off -- or initial operation -- of the ship's four 750-kilowatt Fincantieri Isotta Fraschini diesel generators and testing of its three-megawatt electrical power plant. The testing of the generators involved loading each generator to its full- power capacity. Following successful completion of this step, further testing included synchronizing -- or "paralleling" -- the generators to attain the power levels required to support Freedom's operations at sea. In addition, the power quality was closely evaluated to ensure all ship systems and sensors requiring electrical power could operate effectively. This, says Lockheed Martin, marks a significant milestone for Freedom as its electric plant is completely functional and able to support all tests, evaluations and operations at sea.
Testing and outfitting of Freedom continues dockside at Marinette Marine.
Freedom is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2008 and will be homeported in San Diego.
The Lockheed Martin team's design for LCS is a survivable, semi-planing steel monohull that provides outstanding maneuverability with proven sea- keeping characteristics to support launch and recovery operations, mission execution and optimum crew comfort. Team members also includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox, ship builders Marinette Marine, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW), and Bollinger Shipyards, as well as other domestic and international team members.