The third U.S. navy ship named for the city in Kansas. The first Wichita, a heavy cruiser (CA-45), served from 1939–1959. The second Wichita, a replenishment oiler (AOR-1), served from 1969–1995.
(LCS-13: 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 third Wichita (LCS-13) was laid down on 9 February 2015 at Marinette, Wisc., by Marinette Marine Corp. (Lockheed Martin); launched on 17 September 2016; sponsored by author Mrs. Kate Lehrer; completed her acceptance trials in the waters of Lake Michigan on 12 July 2018; and was accepted by the Navy on 22 August 2018.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
28 August 2018