Littoral Combat Ship Under Way

Freedom (LCS 1) Begins Builder’s Sea Trials

Freedom (LCS 1), put to sea for the first time, marking the beginning of Builder’s Sea Trials for the first-in-class coastal surface combatant.

The agile 378-foot Freedom, designed and built by a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team, is conducting Builder’s Sea Trials in Lake Michigan. The trials – which are a coordinated effort between the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin team – will include operational testing of the vessel’s propulsion, communications, navigation and mission systems, as well as all related support systems.

LCS1 USS Freedom on Lake Michigan


  1. Not to be a smartass, because my naval knowledge is puddle-deep, but isn’t that like looking at the Iowa and wondering where the Tridents are?

  2. Since these LCS’s were intended to operate with DDG-1000’s…I’m wondering since only two ships will be built, what’s the Navy going to do because it’s not like these LCS’s are armed to the teeth.