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USS Wichita (LCS-13)


USS Wichita (LCS-13)

Shown here is sister-ship USS Freedom underway
United States
Name: Wichita
Namesake: Wichita, Kansas
Awarded: 4 March 2013[1]
Builder: Marinette Marine
Laid down: 9 February 2015[1][2]
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class & type: Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 3,500 metric tons (3,900 short tons) full load[3]
Length: 378.3 ft (115.3 m)
Beam: 57.4 ft (17.5 m)
Draft: 13.0 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, 2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
Speed: 45 knots (52 mph; 83 km/h) (sea state 3)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)[4]
Endurance: 21 days (336 hours)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
11 m RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
Complement: 15 to 50 core crew, 75 mission crew (Blue and Gold crews)
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities: Flight Deck, Hangar Bay
Notes: Electrical power is provided by 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each.

USS Wichita (LCS-13) will be a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.[1] It will be the third ship named after Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.[5] The ceremonial “laying of the keel” was on 9 February 2015, at Marinette, Wisconsin.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Witchita". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Sparks of Life: Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on Nation’s Thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship" (Press release). Lockheed Martin. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Littoral Combat Ship Class - LCS". America's Navy. US Navy. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "LCS Littoral Combat Ship". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Secretary of the Navy Names Multiple Ships" (Press release) (237-13). U.S. Department of Defense. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 

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