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LCS 3 - USS Fort Worth

 

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Type, class: Littoral Combat Ship - LCS; Freedom class

Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA

   

STATUS:

Awarded: March 23, 2009

Laid down: July 11, 2009

Launched: December 4, 2010

Commissioned: September 22, 2012

IN SERVICE (2015)

   

Homeport: San Diego, California

Namesake: City of Fort Worth, Texas

Ships Motto: GRIT AND TENACITY

Technical Data: see: INFO > Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship - LCS

 

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Singapore - August 2016


Singapore - August 2016

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exercise Malabar 2015 - Indian Ocean - October 2015

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exercise Malabar 2015 - Indian Ocean - October 2015


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Sulu Sea - August 2015

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MQ-8B Fire Scout (HSM-35) aboard USS Fort Worth - August 2015

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Java Sea - August 2015

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South China Sea - July 2015

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South China Sea - July 2015

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South China Sea - May 2015

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South China Sea - May 2015


exercise FOAL EAGLE - March 2015


exercise FOAL EAGLE - March 2015

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Busan, Republic of Korea - March 2015

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Busan, Republic of Korea - March 2015

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during exercise FOAL EAGLE - March 2015

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Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea - March 2015

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MQ-8B Fire Scout (HSM-35) aboard USS Fort Worth - February 2015

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MQ-8B Fire Scout (HSM-35) aboard USS Fort Worth - February 2015

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Java Sea - February 2015


Java Sea - January 2015

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Java Sea - January 2015


Java Sea - January 2015


Java Sea - January 2015


Java Sea - January 2015


Java Sea - January 2015

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Changi Naval Base, Singapore - January 2015


Changi Naval Base, Singapore - December 2014

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Changi Naval Base, Singapore - December 2014


Changi Naval Base, Singapore - December 2014

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Jakarta, Indonesia - December 2014

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Santa Rita, Guam - December 2014


Santa Rita, Guam - December 2014

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off Hawaii - November 2014


off Hawaii - November 2014


off Hawaii - November 2014

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off Hawaii - November 2014


off Hawaii - November 2014


off Hawaii - November 2014


November 2014

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - November 2014

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - November 2014

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San Diego, California - November 2014

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October 2014

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MQ-8B Fire Scout (HSM-35) in the hangar of USS Fort Worth - October 2014


May 2014


San Diego, California - August 2013

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dry dock period - San Diego, California - June 2013


dry dock period - San Diego, California - June 2013


San Diego, California - October 2012


San Diego, California - October 2012

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commissioning ceremony - Galveston, Texas - September 22, 2012


commissioning ceremony - Galveston, Texas - September 22, 2012


commissioning ceremony - Galveston, Texas - September 22, 2012



Galveston, Texas - September 2012

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Galveston, Texas - September 2012

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Norfolk, Virginia - August 2012

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Detroit, Michigan - August 2012

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Lake Michigan - May 2012


Lake Michigan - May 2012

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builders trials in Lake Michigan - October 2011 (Lockheed Martin photo via USN)


builders trials - October 2011 (Lockheed Martin photo via USN)


builders trials - October 2011 (Lockheed Martin photo via USN)

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Green Bay, Wisconsin - September 2011


Green Bay, Wisconsin - September 2011

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launching ceremony - Marinette, Wisconsin - December 4, 2010

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launching ceremony - Marinette, Wisconsin - December 4, 2010


launching ceremony - Marinette, Wisconsin - December 4, 2010

 

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3):

US Navy press release / November 25, 2015:

USS Fort Worth Passes One-Year Mark on Maiden Deployment - CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore -

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) surpassed the one-year mark on her scheduled 16-month rotational deployment to Singapore in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance Nov. 17.

As part of an initiative to deploy up to four LCS to the region on a rotational basis, Fort Worth deployed from San Diego on Nov. 17, 2014 and operates out of Singapore as a maintenance and logistics hub from which the ship conducts patrols and trains with regional navies during exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).

"Fort Worth has demonstrated tremendous operational flexibility throughout her deployment," said Capt. H. B. Le, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7. "She has operated in waters from Northeast Asia to the Indian Ocean, and her participation in multiple exercises with partner navies in South and Southeast Asia has greatly increased interoperability in the region."

The first LCS to deploy under the "3-2-1" manning concept, Fort Worth rotates fully trained crews roughly every four months. This concept allows Fort Worth to deploy six months longer than the 2013 USS Freedom (LCS 1) deployment and twice as long as typical U.S. Navy ship deployments, extending LCS forward presence and reducing crew fatigue for the entire 16-month deployment. It is named 3-2-1 because three rotational crews support two LCS ships and maintain one deployed ship.

Since arriving in Singapore Dec. 29, Fort Worth has participated in search efforts for AirAsia flight QZ8501; Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam; exercise foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea Navy; CARAT exercises with Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh; exercise Malabar with the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF); and conducted a routine patrol in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands.

In addition to operations at sea, Fort Worth conducted her first-ever expeditionary maintenance availability in Sasebo, Japan following exercise Foal Eagle. The successful implementation of this expeditionary maintenance concept now means that LCS can operate at greater distances throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific and can stay out for longer periods of time.

The ship also made tangible strides in enhancing interoperability with its composite rotary-wing air detachment, conducting first-time LCS deck landing qualifications with 6 different partner navies while operating the MQ-8B Fire Scout with the Republic of Singapore Navy scan eagle unmanned aerial vehicle during CARAT Singapore.


Fort Worth has operated the entirety of her deployment with a surface warfare mission package, consisting of an MH-60R helicopter, MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system, and two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) with two six-man boarding teams. This deployment marks the first time Fire Scout is operating in 7th Fleet onboard Fort Worth, expanding the ship’s aviation capabilities and providing a dedicated asset for maritime domain awareness.

 

 

 

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