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120917-N-DH124-146 Galveston, Texas (September 17, 2012) Sailors raise the Union Jack flag after 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)
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) set for commissioning in Galveston
Galveston, Texas- The Navy will commission the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS 3) Sept. 22, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at the Port of Galveston, Texas.

The ship's name honors the city of Fort Worth, Texas, which has supported the U.S. military as home to ranger outposts, training facilities, aviation depots, and defense manufacturing for more than 140 years. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the ship's sponsor, will give the command to "man our ship and bring her to life" during the ceremony.

Fort Worth, the third LCS delivered to the Navy and the second of the steel, semi-planing monohull Freedom variant, is designed to operate quickly in shallow water littoral environments to counter challenging threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, submarines and fast surface craft. The Fort Worth will maintain a forward presence and deter hostility while projecting power and maintaining sea control.

A fast, agile, and innovative surface combatant, LCS 3 is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots and can operate in water less than 20 feet deep. Fort Worth will be a platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles, serving to enhance maritime security and performing the core capabilities that define the Navy. Its modular design will support interchangeable mission packages, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions on an as-needed basis.

The ceremony is a ticketed event. For those unable to attend, the ceremony can be viewed on line at:
It will also be webcast on:

Upon commissioning, Fort Worth will proceed to its homeport of San Diego, Calif.

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For more information on the ceremony, the webcast, and to obtain credentials, media should contact the Navy Public Affairs representative at (619) 573-0584. RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday to reserve a spot. Participating media need to arrive at the Port of Galveston, Pier 21 no later than 8 a.m., Saturday Sept. 22 to facilitate access to the port and the ceremony.
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