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USS Freedom (LCS 1)

USS FREEDOM is the lead ship of the FREEDOM - class of Littoral Combat Ships and the Lockheed Martin consortium's design for the Navy's littoral combat ship program. It is a monohull design and competes with General Dynamics's USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2) trimaran design.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 15, 2004
Keel laid: June 2, 2005
Launched: September 23, 2006
Commissioned: November 8, 2008
Builder: Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis.
Propulsion system: two gas turbine engines, two diesel engines, waterjets
Length: 377 feet (115 meters)
Beam: 57.4 feet (17.5 meters)
Draft: 13.5 feet (4.13 meters)
Displacement: approx. 3,000 tons full load
Speed: 45 knots
Armament: one Mk-110 57mm gun, one RAM system, two Mk-46 30mm chain guns
Aircraft: two MH-60 helicopters
Homeport: San Diego, Calif.
Crew: approx. 70, LCS 1 is a single crew test ship.


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FREEDOM. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS FREEDOM:

DateWhereEvents
October 20, 2013Changi Naval Base, Singapore
USS FREEDOM experiences minor flooding due to a half-inch rupture in a seawater service system pipe. The damaged pipe is part of the discharge piping of the No. 1 gas turbine motor lube oil cooler.


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The photo below was taken by me and shows the USS FREEDOM at the Colonna Shipyard, Norfolk, Va., undergoing post-delivery maintenance and tests on February 2, 2009.



The photos below were taken by me on September 29, 2011, and show the USS FREEDOM at BAE Ship Repair, San Diego, Calif., undergoing regularly scheduled maintenance. The ship entered drydock on June 27.



The photo below was taken by me and shows the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 15, 2012.



The photos below were taken by me and show the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 10, 2012.



The photo below was taken by me and shows the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 3, 2012.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 27, 2014. This paint scheme was applied in early 2013 and was designed by FREEDOM's blue crew.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2015.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on April 18, 2016.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 6, 2016.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS FREEDOM at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 11, 2017. Note the new paint scheme.



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