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October 18, 2012 / iDriveWarships

USS Fort Worth Adds Some Giddyup to San Diego

Completing the ship’s maiden voyage, the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in her homeport of San Diego on Oct. 18.

Recently commissioned in Galveston, Texas on Sept. 22; Fort Worth sailed through the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean—completing more than 11,000 miles to arrive at Naval Base San Diego.

The Navy’s third littoral combat ship, Fort Worth was christened on Dec. 4, 2010 by the ship’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12).

Fort Worth is outfitted with reconfigurable mission packages, which can be changed out quickly, and focus on three areas: mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

Fort Worth is 390 feet in length, with a steel mono hull, aluminum structure and is the third littoral combat ship in the fleet. It has a displacement of approximately 3,000 metric tons fully loaded, is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots, and can operate in water less than 20-feet deep. Propelled by four water jets in addition to two diesel and two gas turbine engines, the ship boasts a range of over 3,500 nautical miles. 

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