Welcome to the Commissioning Committee’s website for the USS Wichita (LCS 13)

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.

 

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