|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is a Freedom class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. She is the first ship to be named after Fort Worth, Texas, the 16th-largest city in the United States.
Her name was announced March 6, 2009. This was after a long public relations campaign by United States Representative Kay Granger, former Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, and others. The ship was built by Lockheed-Martin. Her keel was laid on July 11, 2009 during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Fort Worth includes additional stability improvements to deal with issues found on USS Freedom (LCS-1). Lockheed Martin announced on June 15, 2010 that the ship was at its halfway point in construction was on schedule to be delivered to the Navy in 2012.
The 80% completed ship was launched by its contractor on 4 December 2010. The vessel underwent sea trials in Lake Michigan during late 2011, with the completion of these trials announced on October 24, 2011. The ship successfully completed its acceptance trials, which also took place on Lake Michigan, on May 4, 2012. The inspectors only found ten severe deficiencies during the trials, an "exponential" improvement over Freedom.
The improvements to the ship include a lengthened hull, which makes her faster than Freedom and ten percent more fuel efficient. Fort Worth was commissioned in Galveston, Texas September 22, 2012.
In all, it is another superb modern ship and since it was commissioned but a month back, you cannot get any more current than that!
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