Navy Secretary Mabus announces name of next Littoral Combat Ship – the USS Sioux City
Sioux City is stockpiling the honors.
Money magazine ranked it one of the best places to live. Site Selection tabbed Sioux City as one of the top economic development communities of its size. And Forbes named it one of the best small places for business and careers.
The Iowa city of 83,000 recorded another honor on Feb. 15 when Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that one of the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS 11) will be named the USS Sioux City.
“This is a wonderful tribute to the people of Sioux City and the historical commitment of all those in Siouxland to the defense and security of the United States,” said U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. “Littoral combat ships are described as a major part of the future of the Navy, so it’s fitting to name one for a city that is on the move and forward looking.”
The Sioux City will be a Freedom variant LCS. A Lockheed Martin-led team is building the Freedom variants at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. Naval architect Gibbs & Cox rounds out the team, along with other domestic and international suppliers such as BAE, DRS, EADS, Fairbanks Morse, RENK and Rolls Royce.
Designed to defeat growing littoral threats, the LCS provides access and dominance in coastal waters. The Freedom variant features a semi-planing, steel monohull that offers outstanding agility and high-speed maneuverability.
Lockheed Martin built the nation’s first LCS – the USS Freedom – and delivered it in 2008. The Navy deployed the ship two years early in 2010. Work on the team’s second LCS – the future USS Fort Worth – is on budget, on time and 99 percent complete. The ship will undergo Navy acceptance trials this spring. Construction of the next two Freedom variants is underway at Marinette Marine.
Mabus also named LCS 12, USS Omaha, which will be developed by a team from Austal.
“I chose the name for our two new littoral combat ships after Midwestern cities from America’s heartland, to honor the patriotic, hard-working citizens of Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb., for their support of and contributions to the military,” Mabus said.