Lockheed Martin launched the latest Freedom-class littoral combat ship over the weekend. The ship, to be named USS St. Louis, was dumped in the river on its side. It’s one of the few ships to be launched that way, and it is done so because of the ship’s design and shallow draft. The newest Freedom-class littoral combat ship, LCS 19, the future USS St. Louis, was christened and launched in Marinette, Wisconsin, on Saturday, when the 3,900-ton warship tumbled into the icy water of the Menominee River on its side. Freedom-class littoral combat ships are among the few ships in the world that are launched sideways. Read more: The US Navy is thinking about sending advanced sub-hunting planes to Alaska to keep a closer eye on Russia and China That method was used “because the size of the ship and the capabilities of the shipyard allow for a side launch,” Joe DePietro, Lockheed’s vice president vice president of small combatants and ship systems, said in a statement. “The ship has a shallow draft (it requires less than 14 feet of water to operate in) and is a small combatant (about 381 feet long), and can therefore be side launched, where… Read full this story
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