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8 Things You Might Not Know About the Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9)

1. The future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is the fifth littoral combat ship of the Freedom variant.

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(U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

 2. The ship’s name honors the capital city of Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 5, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, left, and the Mayor of Little Rock Mark Stodola speak during the official naming ceremony for the ninth littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Newsome/Released)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 5, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, left, and the Mayor of Little Rock Mark Stodola speak during the official naming ceremony for the ninth littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Newsome/Released)

3. This littoral combat ship is the second ship of the U.S. Navy to be named Little Rock.

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) fires a "Talos" guided missile, during exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, May 4, 1961. (U.S. Navy Photo by PH3 D.R. Botts, Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)
USS Little Rock (CLG 4) fires a “Talos” guided missile, during exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, May 4, 1961. (U.S. Navy Photo by PH3 D.R. Botts, Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)

4. The future USS Little Rock was laid down June 27, 2013.


5. LCS 9 was christened and launched July 18 during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

(U.S. Navy video courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)


6. Janée L. Bonner, spouse of the Honorable Josiah “Jo” Bonner, former U.S. representative of Alabama, is the ship’s sponsor.

Ship sponsor Mrs. Janée Bonner conducted the time-honored tradition of christening the ship by smashing a bottle of champagne across the bow. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)
Ship sponsor Mrs. Janée Bonner conducted the time-honored tradition of christening the ship by smashing a bottle of champagne across the bow. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

7. At 3400-tons, LCS 9 is 388 feet in length, has a beam of 57 feet, and can operate at more than 40 knots.

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(U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

8. The ship’s commissioning date is anticipated to be in 2016.

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