The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program began in 2002 with the U.S. Navy’s pursuit of a new class of small and stealthy ships for multi-mission support.
The LCS is envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals. This relatively small, high-speed combatant will complement the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Fleet and other combatants by operating in environments where it is less desirable to employ larger, multi-mission ships. It 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. It will operate with Carrier Strike Groups, Surface Action Groups, in groups of other similar ships, or independently for diplomatic and presence missions. Additionally, it will have the capability to operate cooperatively with the U.S. Coast Guard and Allies.
LCS will be a “Network-Centric,” Advanced Technology Ship: The LCS will rely heavily on manned and unmanned vehicles to execute assigned missions and operate as part of a netted, distributed force. In order to conduct successful combat operations in an adverse littoral environment, it will employ technologically advanced weapons, sensors, data fusion, C4ISR, hullform, propulsion, optimal manning concepts, smart control systems and self-defense systems.
LCS will be a “small, fast, affordable ship: Speed and agility will be critical for efficient and effective conduct of the littoral missions. The LCS must be capable of operating at low speeds for littoral mission operations, transit at economical speeds, and high-speed sprints, which may be necessary to avoid/prosecute a small boat or submarine threat, conduct intercept operations over the horizon, or for insertion or extraction missions.
The Official USS Fort Worth Coat of Arms
Shield: Per chevron Azure (Dark Blue) and Sable, a chevronnel Or, issuant from base a demi-trident Argent (Silver Gray); on a chief Vert, the representation of the Texas State flag Proper.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Azure (Dark Blue), a laurel wreath Vert, between the wreath tips, three (3) mullets Argent (Silver Gray) in arc, surmounting the wreath the head of a Texas Longhorn cabossed of the first.
Motto: A scroll Argent edged Gules inscribed ‘GRIT AND TENACITY’ Azure (Dark Blue).
Supporters: Behind the shield a United States Naval Officer’s sword and Enlisted Chief Petty Officer’s cutlass in saltire, points downward Proper.
Shield: Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represents the sea and excellence. The dark blue background alludes to the seven seas and the theater of operations of the USS FORT WORTH. Black implies forcefulness. The chevron suggests the prow of the ship. The trident represents maritime authority and modern technology. The chevron and chevronnel denotes to the multi-crew concept for the Littoral Combat Ship class and of the USS FORT WORTH. It also illustrates the ship’s ability to reconfigure through mission modules, designed to defeat the growing coastal threat, providing access and dominance, which can sail in any waters worldwide. The trident symbolizes maritime authority. The green chief signifies the ship’s control of its littoral missions. The LCS 3 is named for Fort Worth, Texas and the fifth largest city in Texas, is depicted by the Texas flag.
Crest: The laurel wreath honors Fort Worth, Texas and the patriotic citizens, for their continuing support for the uniformed services. The three (3) stars indicate the USS FORT WORTH being the third in the littoral class combat ships. The Texas Longhorn symbolizes Fort Worth and its nickname ‘Cowtown’. The longhorn is placed on the laurel, honoring the patriotic citizens of Fort Worth for their continuing support for the uniformed services.
Supporters: The crossed United States Naval Officer’s sword and Enlisted Chief Petty Officer’s cutlass symbolize teamwork and readiness, highlighting the experienced crew of the USS FORT WORTH.
Take a look at this photo gallery, provided by the Lockheed Martin LCS Team.