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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sparks of Life: Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on Nation’s Thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship


The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisconsin, today.

Ship sponsor Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer completed the time-honored tradition and authenticated the keel of Wichita (LCS 13). Mrs. Lehrer had her initials welded into a sheet of the ship’s steel, which will ultimately be mounted in the ship throughout its entire service.

"This is an honor and a pleasure for me to be a sponsor of the USS Wichita,” said Lehrer. “My right hand will remain forever in a salute to those men and women who are building and to those who will serve on this special ship."

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