The U.S. Navy (USN) has awarded the Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract for LCS 25 fully funded Freedom-class littoral combat ship. The contract award includes funding for seaframe construction, systems integration and testing.

Leveraging savings from its block buy contract, the USN exercised an option to build an additional Freedom-class modular ship under its current block buy arrangement. LCS 25 will be the 11th ship procured under the 2010 block buy contract and the 13th Freedom-class variant overall. LCS 25 is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2020.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine is building the Freedom-class ship, with naval architect Gibbs & Cox providing engineering support.

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