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120917-N-DH124-051 Galveston, Texas -The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrives in Galveston, Texas for its commissioning ceremony on Sept. 22. LCS's are fast, agile, mission-focused ships that demonstrate the latest in naval warfighting technology. The ship is specifically designed to defeat "anti-access" threats in shallow, coastal water regions, including fast surface craft, quiet diesel submarines, and mines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rosalie Garcia/Released)
Fort Worth (LCS 3) Arrives in Galveston for Commissioning Ceremony
Galveston, Texas – The littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived at the Port of Galveston, Monday, Sept. 17 in preparation for her commissioning ceremony Sept. 22.

“It is great to finally be in Galveston. The Navy could not have chosen a better place to host the commissioning of its newest warship,” said Fort Worth blue crew Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Randy Blankenship. “The crew is looking forward to getting some rest and relaxation prior to bringing the ship to life Saturday. I am certain we will enjoy the great southern hospitality of the citizens of Galveston and Fort Worth, and we are looking forward to building a strong, lasting relationship with two of Texas’ finest cities.”

The ship is named for Fort Worth, Texas, the 17th largest city in the United States and the 5th largest city in Texas. The first Navy ship to bear the name and the second in the Freedom variant of the littoral combat ship, Fort Worth is outfitted with reconfigurable mission packages, which can be changed out quickly, and focus on three mission areas: mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. In addition to her three primary warfare missions, the ship’s inherent capabilities and suitability to conduct lower-end missions will free up more expensive, multi-mission cruisers and destroyers to conduct higher-end missions.

Fort Worth will be open for general public tours on a limited basis, Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 18 – 20, from 1 – 4 p.m., with the last tour starting at 3:30 p.m.

Following commissioning, Fort Worth will sail to its homeport of San Diego, Calif.

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