Future USS Indianapolis Christened at Marinette Marine (Learn More, Video)


The Lockheed Martin-led industry team hosted the 17th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) christening ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on Saturday

Ship sponsor Jill Donnelly christened LCS 17, the future USS Indianapolis, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship’s bow.

“As a native Hoosier and the daughter of two World War II veterans, there is no greater honor than to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Indianapolis,” Donnelly said.

“This ship pays tribute to the legacy of brave and resilient sailors, and I know the people of Indianapolis – and all Hoosiers – will support this ship and her future crews for decades to come.”

The future USS Indianapolis is named in honor of the incredibly brave men and women in uniform who have served our country for generations and who continue to serve today.

(The Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team has reached another milestone with the christening of LCS 17, the future USS INDIANAPOLIS. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin and YouTube. Posted on Apr 14, 2018)

LCS 17 will be the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the Indianapolis name. She will undergo additional outfitting and testing at Fincantieri Marinette Marine before her anticipated delivery next year.

“The Freedom-variant LCS is flexible and capable, and plays a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet,” said Joe DePietro, vice president, Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin.

“With an active production and testing, we are committed to delivering Indianapolis and her highly capable sister ships into combatant commanders’ hands quickly.”

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date.


(The future USS Little Rock’s (LCS 9) acceptance trials were completed in Marinette, Wisconsin, Aug. 25. The five-day, U.S. Navy-led trials featured a comprehensive array of tests designed to demonstrate performance of the ship’s propulsion plant, handling and auxiliary systems. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin and YouTube. Posted on Aug 31, 2017)

The future USS Indianapolis is one of eight ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.

In February, a keel-laying ceremony was held for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the next littoral combat ship to be built at Marinette Marine.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 800 suppliers in 42 states.

The LCS is the Navy’s most affordable surface combatant shipbuilding program.

Lockheed Martin logoThe Freedom-variant’s steel monohull design is based on a proven, resilient design recognized for its stability and reliability.

To Learn More about the LCS, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/lcs