The next two littoral combat ships to be built by Marinette Marine Corp. now have names.
On Friday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus visited the shipyard and spoke to employees. He said LCS 5 will be called the USS Milwaukee while LCS 7 will be called the USS Detroit. Those names were given since workers from Wisconsin and Michigan are working on the ships.
In late 2010, the U.S. Navy awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin of up to 10 littoral combat ships by 2015. Marinette Marine is the prime contractor for Lockheed Martin. The company is currently building LCS3, the USS Fort Worth and built the first LCS, the USS Freedom.
The USS Milwaukee pre-production work is now underway and $367 million in funding for the USS Detroit was released last Thursday.
Marinette Marine Corp. President and CEO Richard McCreary says the LCS program will stabilize employment at the shipyard. The company recalled about 110 laid off workers and expects all workers to be back by mid-summer. He says Marinette Marine is expecting to see growth of about 40 workers per month starting in late summer.
To read more about Marinette Marine and its growth expectations, read this story from December’s Insight.