USS Wichita to enter the service on Saturday
- January 10, 2019
U.S. Navy will commission its newest Marinette-built ship, the future USS Wichita, at a ceremony on January 12 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
The USS Wichita is designed to operate in shallower waters around coasts and carry out missions such as surface warfare, anti-submarine operations, and mine-hunting duties.
It will be the third vessel named after Wichita, the first being a heavy cruiser during the World War II era and the second an oiler that made three deployments during its years of operation from 1969 to 1993.
The USS Wichita will be the seventh Freedom-class littoral combat ship. Vessels in the class include an Mk 110 57mm gun, two Bushmaster 30mm cannons and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles.