Keel Laying Ceremony to Highlight New Addition to Marinette Marine
USS Milwaukee shown at Marinette Marine. The Milwaukee is one of 9 Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships constructed at the facility.Photo: Image by NBC26
MARINETTE, Wis. -- Lockheed Martin begins work on LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock with a Keel Ceremony at Marinette Marine.
The company also plans to unveil its new ship building facility designed to help build more LCS model ships in the future. LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, is the fifth ship of the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships and the ninth in the class.
The keel is generally the first part of a ship's hull to be constructed, and laying the keel is often marked with a ceremonial event.
With more than 1,400 employees, Marinette Marine is immersed in Navy shipbuilding that's resulted in steady hiring at the shipyard and 700 suppliers in 43 states, including more than 120 Wisconsin companies.
The Navy envisions a fleet of 55 littoral combat ships, with construction of the initial 20 vessels divided between Marinette, for defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp., and Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.
Thus far, the program hasn't been hurt by government spending cuts. Three of the $350 million Marinette ships are under construction now, and two have already been delivered to the Navy.
NBC26's Raquel Lamal gives us an inside look at this major Northeast Wisconsin employer tonight on NB26 Live at 6:00.