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.