Baltimore’s Inner Harbor bustled with activity during Maryland Fleet Week, June 12-18, 2024. Among the destroyers, frigates, and Coast Guard cutters, a sleek, modern warship drew particular attention: the USS Marinette (LCS 25).

This Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) wasn’t just another vessel on display; it was the Navy’s newest technological marvel, fresh off its commissioning in September 2023.

The week served as a golden opportunity for the public to get a firsthand look at this agile warship and its vital role in modern naval defense.

“We were excited to welcome USS Marinette into Baltimore to celebrate Maryland Fleet Week,” said Capt. Matthew Lehmann, program manager of the Littoral Combat Ship program office. “It’s wonderful that residents got the opportunity to see and explore one of our finest LCS warships. Freedom variant LCSs provide a unique capability and value to the Navy, and it is important that Americans can see and appreciate these critical ships that are deployed across the globe.”

From Birthplace to Battlefield: The USS Marinette’s Story

The christening of the USS Marinette in November 2021 wasn’t just a ceremonial event; it marked a milestone in US naval history.

Built in its namesake city of Marinette, Wisconsin, by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the ship became the first Navy vessel to be christened in the very place it was constructed. This unique connection between the ship and its Wisconsin roots signifies the immense contributions of American industry to national security.

Authorized in 2016, the USS Marinette underwent rigorous testing and refinement before officially joining the fleet in February 2023. These initial trials are crucial for ensuring the ship’s peak performance and the safety of its crew. The lessons learned from these tests have undoubtedly shaped the capabilities of the USS Marinette and its future sister ships.

USS Marinette commissioning
USS Marinette (LCS 25) pierside prior to its commissioning in 2023. (Image source: DVIDS)

Technical Muscle: Unveiling the Powerhouse Beneath the Deck

At 388 feet (118 meters) long, the USS Marinette is a formidable presence on the water.