LCS-3 USS FORTH WORD [Freedom-class littoral combat ship]

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. She is the first ship to be named after Fort Worth, Texas, the 16th-largest city in the United States.Fort Worth is the second Freedom-class littoral combat ship to be built.

Fort Worth includes additional stability improvements over the original Freedom design; the stern transom was lengthened and buoyancy tanks were added to the stern to increase weight service and enhance stability.[10] The ship will also feature automated sensors to allow "conditions-based maintenance" and reduce crew overwork and fatigue issues that Freedom had on her first deploymentThe ship's name was announced 6 March 2009.[12] This was after a long public relations campaign by United States Representative Kay Granger, former Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England, and others.

Fort Worth was built by Lockheed Martin at Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.[4][14] Her keel was laid in a ceremony on 11 July 2009.

The 80% completed ship was launched by its contractor on 4 December 2010.[16][17] The vessel underwent sea trials in Lake Michigan during late 2011, with the completion of these trials announced on 24 October 2011. The ship successfully completed its acceptance trials, which also took place on Lake Michigan, on 4 May 2012.[18][19] The inspectors found only ten severe deficiencies during the trials, an "exponential" improvement over Freedom.

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