USS Fort Worth is named for the city of Fort Worth, Texas, the 17th largest city in the United States and the 5th largest city in Texas. Though the city is landlocked there is a strong Navy connection. Fort Worth is the location for the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is the first naval warship to be named Fort Worth.
Current USS Fort Worth
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the second Freedom variant LCS. Fort Worth was commissioned in a ceremony held in Galveston, Texas, on September 22, 2012 with Cmdr. Randy Blankenship as the commanding officer.
The USS Fort Worth is envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals. The relatively small, high-speed surface combatant will complement the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Fleet and other combatants. Fort Worth will have the capability to deploy independently to overseas littoral regions, remain on station for extended periods of time either with a battle group or through a forward-basing arrangement and will be capable of underway replenishment.