A city and port in southeast Wisconsin.
(LCS-5: 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 fifth Milwaukee (LCS-5) was laid down on 27 October 2011 at Marinette, Wisc., by Marinette Marine Corp. (Lockheed Martin); launched on 18 December 2013; sponsored by Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta, wife of Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta; delivered on 16 October 2015; and was commissioned on 21 November 2015, at Milwaukee’s Veterans Park, Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater (LCS Crew 104) in command.
Milwaukee V (LCS-5) 2015– Ship's Crest
The colors dark blue and gold are traditionally associated with the Navy and are prominently displayed throughout the seal. Here, light blue represents the waters of Lake Michigan where the city of Milwaukee is located. The lightning bolts highlight the ship’s high speed capability and state of the art electronics. The anchor has a gear wheel hub which is taken from the city of Milwaukee flag and has five exposed notches to indicate that this is the fifth naval vessel named after the city.
The Milwaukee Art Museum is familiar to the area skyline and is a symbol of the city’s future. The wheat stalks denote the growth and vitality of the city.
The crossed sword and cutlass symbolize the teamwork and cooperation demonstrated by the war team of Milwaukee.
Blue is the color signifying devotion to duty. The motto “Strength” and “Freedom” emphasizes that devotion and the spirit of the city of Milwaukee. The five stars denote that this is the fifth ship in the LCS class.
Milwaukee slides into the Menominee River during her launching at Marinette, Wisc., 18 December 2013. (U.S. Navy Photograph 131218-N-EW716-001, Courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Navy NewsStand).
Milwaukee set out for her home port on the east coast toward the end of 2015, but on 10 December she lost power about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk, Va. On the 7th, crewmembers discovered very fine metallic debris in the port combining gear filter system, cleaned the system following established procedures, and locked the port shaft at a precautionary measure to prevent further damage. While the ship carried out routine steering checks on the evening of the 10th, however, she lost pressure in the starboard combining gear lube oil system, caused by similar debris that contaminated the filter. Salvage ship Grapple (T-ARS-50) sortied and took Milwaukee under tow to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., where they arrived the following day. Milwaukee’s Crew 104 then swapped with Crew 108, who were flown from Mayport, Fla.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
5 February 2018