USS Freedom (LCS 1) is the first of her class and the first of her kind. A fast, agile, and networked surface ship, Freedom will employ focused-mission packages outfitted with both manned and unmanned air, surface, and sub-surface vehicles. [Insert USS Freedom Milestones web part]
1st USS Freedom
The first USS Freedom (No. 3024), a cargo ship, was built as Wittekind by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany, in 1894; seized by the United States Shipping Board (USSB) in 1917; renamed Iroquois, and chartered by the Army for use as a transport. She was renamed Freedom in 1918, acquired by the Navy on 24 January 1919, and commissioned the same day with Lieutenant J. C. C. Holier, USNRF, as the commanding officer.
Freedom was assigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force and sailed to St. Nazaire, France and Brest France. She arrived at Hoboken, N.J., on 5 September 1919, and was decommissioned and returned to the USSB on 23 September 1919.
For more detailed history on the first USS Freedom visit the Navy Archive page at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/f5/freedom-i.htm.
2nd USS Freedom
The second Freedom (IX-43), an auxiliary schooner, was acquired by the Navy in 1940, and assigned to the Naval Academy where she served in a noncommissioned status through 1962.