Welcome to the Commissioning Committee’s website for the USS Wichita (LCS 13)
For those who have requested tickets to the USS Wichita commissioning and have not yet received them we have set up a will call at the USO near naval station Mayport. You may pick up your tickets beginning Tuesday, 8 January through Friday, 11 January between the hours of 12:00 pm through 6:00 pm. The address is 2560 Mayport RD. Atlantic Beach, FL. Please bring a picture id. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony.
LCS warships are designed to perform a myriad of tasks – humanitarian aid and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, minesweeping, defending against piracy and drug trafficking, small assault transport, deterrence – while operating in shallow coastal waters known as the littorals. Assets include a launching pad for two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters.
The speedy and futuristic Littoral Combat Ship is built to fight. The 378-foot highly maneuverable lightweight combatant features a steel monohull with a draft of only 13 feet allowing access to more ports and locations than other ship designs.
The first USS Wichita (CA-45) was a heavy cruiser commissioned Feb. 16, 1939, and decommissioned in 1947. The ship was awarded 13 battle stars for service during World War II.
In 1968, AOR-1, a replenishment oiler, became Wichita’s second namesake ship. That vessel served 24 years and earned four battle stars in Vietnam.
USS Wichita Completes Acceptance Trials Video
Acceptance Trials Images