GOOD NEWS FOR 0UR PROUD AND BRAVE BROTHERS
OF THE FLYING 'O'
A Special Thank You to Navy Times. For the information
that appears below with out it this web page would not have been created.
I would like to thank Honorary Crew Member Mike Brock and his lovely wife Ellen Brock
for keeping me informed about the "The Flying O" I would never have had found what was happening
In the pass he was told me about the main mast and then new park to put the main mast
in and now is is resting in her home. That is why I got him honored as a Honorary Crew
Member. He has done many good deeds for me.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
Yesterday I recieved a phone call from Honorary
Crew Member Mike Brock that the Secretary of the Navy named the ship to be
USS OAKLAND CLS-24 as of 20 August 2015 in Oakland, California.
What an honor it is and I will keep you updated. Back in 2002 Mike and I petition
Richard Danzig, Secretary of the Navy, to name the next ship USS Oakland. It only took
13 years to get it done. I hope it don't take long to the commissioning ceremony.
New littoral combat ship to be named USS Oakland 24
Aug 21, 2015 12:46 PM
The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Defense Department:
(WASHINGTON) Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, had announced that the next Independence-variant
littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Oakland (LCS 24). The ship will be named to honor
the long-standing history its namesake city has had with the Navy.
The future USS Oakland will be the third naval ship to bear the name. The first, commissioned in 1918,
was largely used to transport cargo; the second, commissioned in 1943 during the height of World War
II, was only in service for seven years, but was key during many antiaircraft missions in places
such as Pearl Harbor, Marshall Islands,Pagan, Guam, Iwo Jima, Rota, Peleliu and Okinawa. After the war,
Oakland performed two duty patrols off the coast of China before being decommissioned.
Do not start the Battle Hymn until
Anchors Aweigh has stop playing
A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational
flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and
surface warfare. The ship will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be
changed out quickly as combat needs change in a region. These mission packages are supported by
detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors, in support of mine, undersea,
and surface warfare missions.
Oakland will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It will be 419 feet long and be capable of operating
at speeds in excess of 40 knots. Additional information about littoral combat ships is available online
A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war
fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine
warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. The ship will be built with modular design incorporating
mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combatneeds change in a region. These mission packages are
supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors, in support of mine,
undersea, and surface warfare missions. Oakland will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It will be 419
feet long and be capable of operating at speeds inexcess of 40 knots. Additional information about littoral
combat ships is available online at : http://www.navy.mil/local/LCSIndependence/
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Littoral Combat Ship Class - LCS
LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet
capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as
mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant - designed
and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin
(for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is being led by Austal USA
(for the subsequent even-numbered hulls) and was originally led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works
(LCS 2 and LCS 4).
The LCS seaframes will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules (made up of
mission systems and support equipment), which can be changed out quickly. These modules combine with
crew detachments and aviation assets to become complete mission packages, which will deploy manned
and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or
surface warfare missions.
Littoral Combat Ship: The Future Is Now
Initiated in February 2002, the LCS program represents a significant reduction in time to acquire,
design and build ships in comparison to any previous ship class. Constructed by Lockheed Martin in
the Marinette Marine Corporation's shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, USS Freedom (LCS 1) was
delivered to the Navy on Sept. 18, 2008. USS Independence (LCS 2) was constructed by General
Dynamics, Bath Iron Works in the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. and delivered to the
Navy on Dec. 18, 2009. Lockheed Martin was also responsible for the construction and delivery of
LCS 3 (USS Fort Worth, which was commissioned in September 2012) and General Dynamics for
construction and delivery of LCS 4 (USS Coronado, which was commissioned in April 2014).
The Navy's LCS acquisition strategy to down select to a single design in 2010 resulted in a
highly effective competition and an industry response that produced significant savings in the
LCS program. These competitive bids, coupled with the Navy's desire to increase ship procurement
rates to support operational requirements, created an opportunity to award both bidders a fixed
-price, ten-ship block buy for a total of 20 ships from fiscal years 2010 to 2015.
Contracts were awarded to Lockheed Martin and Austal USA in December 2010, for the construction
of up to 10 ships each (FY 2010 - FY 2015), beginning with LCS 5 and LCS 6. PCU Jackson (LCS 6),
the first of the block-buy ships, delivered to the Navy on Aug. 6, 2015, with PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5)
scheduled for delivery in late 2015.
In order to bring operational issues to the forefront, collect data in real-world operational
scenarios, and inform the larger LCS fleet integration strategy, the Navy decided to deploy USS
Freedom (LCS 1) nearly two years early. On Feb. 16, 2010, the ship deployed to the Fourth Fleet
in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. During this deployment, Freedom successfully
conducted four drug seizures, netting more than five tons of cocaine, detained nine suspected drug
smugglers, and disabled two 'go-fast' drug vessels. USS Freedom also participated in the Rim of
the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise during this early deployment.
Freedom deployed a second time on March 1, 2013, crossing the Pacific to operate in Southeast Asia
out of Singapore for eight months. Marking the first of many planned rotational deployments to the
Western Pacific for the LCS platform, Freedom conducted maritime security operations with regional
partners and allies. This deployment allowed the Navy to demonstrate Freedom's operational
capabilities as well as evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans for the entire LCS class.
Following her commissioning in Mobile, Alabama in January 2010, Independence continued on to her
homeport in San Diego, Calif., and conducted Post Delivery Test and Trials (PDTT) and a Post Shakedown
Availability (PSA). She participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2014. LCS 2's Initial
Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) with the Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package is planned
for late 2015.
Following the commissioning of Fort Worth in Galveston, Texas in September 2012, and Coronado in
Coronado, California in April 2014, LCS 3 and LCS 4 joined sister ships Freedom and Independence
in their homeport, San Diego. While San Diego will be the homeport for 16 of the first 24 littoral
combat ships, eight of the later Freedom variant hulls are planned for homeporting in Mayport,
Fort Worth completed Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package IOT&E on April 18, 2014, satisfying the
IOT&E and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) program milestones. She also completed Total Ship
Survivability Trials (TSST) in October 2014. Fort Worth departed San Diego Nov. 17, 2014, for a
16-month rotational deployment to Singapore in support of the Navy's strategic rebalance to the Pacific.
Coronado, a RIMPAC 2014 participant, completed PSA in April 2015, officially transferred to the fleet
30 April 2015, and will conduct IOT&E with the Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package in September 2015.
Milwaukee (LCS 5), Detroit (LCS 7), Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13),
Billings (LCS 15), and Indianapolis (LCS 17) are under contract to Lockheed Martin and are in
construction at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard. Jackson (LCS 6) was delivered to the Navy
on August 11, 2015 and is scheduled to be commissioned in Gulfport, Mississippi on December 5, 2015.
Montgomery (LCS 8), Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), Omaha (LCS 12), Manchester (LCS 14), Tulsa (LCS 16)
and Charleston (LCS 18) are under construction at the Austal USA shipyard. In addition,
Cincinnati (LCS 20), and Kansas City (LCS 22) are under contract to Austal USA and in the
St. Louis (LCS 19), the yet-to-be-named LCS 21, and Cooperstown (LCS 23) are under contract
with Lockheed Martin and in the pre-production phase at Marinette Marine Corp, while
Cincinnati (LCS 20), Kansas City (LCS 22), and Oakland (LCS 24) are under contract with Austal
USA and in the pre-production phase.
Point Of Contact
Office of Corporate Communication
Naval Sea Systems Command (OOD)
Washington, D.C. 20362
General Characteristics, Freedom variant
Builder: Lockheed Martin
Length: 387.6 ft. (118.1 meters)
Beam: 57.7 ft. (17.6 meters)
Displacement: approximately 3,400 MT full load
Draft: 14.1 ft. (4.3 meters)
Speed: 40+ knots
USS Freedom (LCS 1), San Diego, CA
PCU Sioux City (LCS 11) - under construction
PCU Wichita (LCS 13) - in pre-production phase
PCU Billings (LCS 15) - in pre-production phase
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), San Diego, CA
PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5) - under construction
PCU Detroit (LCS 7) - under construction
PCU Little Rock (LCS 9) - under construction
General Characteristics, Independent variant
Builder: General Dynamics (LCS 2 and LCS 4), Austal USA (LCS 6 and follow)
Length: 418.6 ft. (127.6 meters)
Height: 103.7 ft. (31.6 meters)
Beam: 103.7 ft. (31.6 meters)
Displacement: approximately 3,100 MT full load
Draft: 14.4 ft. (4.4 meters)
PCU Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) - under construction
PCU Omaha (LCS 12) - under construction
PCU Manchester (LCS 14) - in pre-production phase
PCU Tulsa (LCS 16) - in pre-production phase
USS Independence (LCS 2), San Diego, CA
USS Coronado (LCS 4), San Diego, CA
PCU Jackson (LCS 6) - under construction
PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) - under construction
Paul D. Henriott GM2c, USS OAKLAND-95, Plankowner
Chief Warant Officer,Topographer Surveyor,US Army Retired
Web master 0f USS Oakland web site for 19 years.