The fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the capital of Indiana.
(LCS-17: displacement 3,450; length 387.6'; beam 57.7'; draft 14.1'; speed 40+ knots; complement 45+ augmentees that can include an aviation detachment, maritime security mission package, and a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment; armament 1 Mk 110 57 millimeter gun, RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), 2 Mk 44 30 millimeter Bushmaster II guns, and 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft 1 Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk and 1 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout; class Freedom)
The Navy awarded Marinette Marine Corp. (Lockheed Martin) the contract to build the fourth Indianapolis (LCS-17) at Marinette, Wisc., on 10 March 2014; and she was laid down on 18 July 2016.
Capt. Paul D. Young assumed command of the newly formed Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 2 during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on 7 November 2014. Navy planners intended for six of the Freedom (LCS-1)-class variant littoral combat ships to comprise the squadron: Billings (LCS-15), Indianapolis, Little Rock (LCS-9), Sioux City (LCS-11), St. Louis (LCS-19), and Wichita (LCS-13). Three newly constructed buildings at Mayport were to provide training facilities for sailors assigned to the ships, while the support squadron staff addressed administrative, scheduling, maintenance, logistics, and equipment issues for the ships and their crewmembers. Nearly 900 additional sailors were eventually to serve in the program in the Mayport area, including those assigned to the squadron, the six ships, mission module detachments, Afloat Training Group Mayport, Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment Mayport, Damage Control School, and the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center.
During the ceremony, Young said this was his third -- and the most exciting -- time assuming command. “We are going to ask a lot of these sailors,” Young explained. “They are going to have to be as innovative as they ever have before. We are going to ask them to challenge and question things they spent years learning. And then, we’re going to ask them to take those innovations and fold them neatly and smoothly into the greatest surface force in history. Any of you who have worked with sailors know they’ll do it. They’ll get it done and that excites me. It will be an honor and a privilege to watch.”
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
5 February 2018