The Freedom Class


The United States Navy’s current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility for focused missions including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.


Like all warships, the LCS is being built to fight. The Freedom-variant LCS meets and exceeds the survivability requirements for the three ship classes it will replace. The team’s LCS design has already proven its value – evident by the successful Southeast Asia deployment and continued trials with other Freedom-variant ships.

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The LCS will establish and maintain dominance in the near-shore environments (littorals), a critical part of the surface force’s ability to provide credible capability for deterrence, sea control, and power projection around the world.

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The team is currently in peak production, which means they’re driving down the cost per ship for the U.S. Navy. The average ship cost across the 10-ship buy is at $360 million per ship, which is about half what the lead ship cost.

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