View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Indianapolis Lockheed Martin lays keel for 17th LCS USS Indianapolis Authorities A shipbuilding team led by Lockheed Martin has officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s 17th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Indianapolis, in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.Ship sponsor Jill Donnelly, the wife of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship.The Lockheed Martin team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered three ships to the U.S. Navy to date. The future USS Indianapolis is one of seven ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with three more in long-lead production.The Freedom-variant is one of two littoral combat ship designs that are entering service with the U.S. Navy. Australian-based shipbuilder Austal is building the trimaran-shaped Indenpedence variant ships in Mobile, Alabama.LCS 17 will be the fourth ship to bear the name USS Indianapolis. A previous Indianapolis (CA 35) is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated throughout the Pacific escorting convoys and attacking enemy submarines. Indianapolis’ service ended when it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo on July 30, 1945. Only 317 of the 1,196 sailors serving aboard the ship survived after five days afloat in the Pacific Ocean. Richard Thelen, a USS Indianapolis (CA-35) survivor, attended the keel laying ceremony as a representative of all who sailed on CA-35.The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states. The Freedom-variant has a steel monohull design which, as Lockheed Martin says, has a hull with 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space making it “ideally suited to accommodate additional lethality and survivability upgrades” associated with the Freedom-class Frigate. View post tag: Lockheed Martin View post tag: Freedom-variant July 20, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed Martin lays keel for 17th LCS USS Indianapolis Share this article
The St. Louis attorney who, along with his wife, who confronted Back Lives Matter protesters says the only thing that kept the “mobsters” at bay was the fact that the couple brandished guns. He got into it with CNN’s Chris Cuomo armed with his intelligence and came out the victor.“I believe in my heart of hearts that the only thing that kept those mobsters, that crowd, away from us is that we were standing there with guns,” Mark McCloskey, 63, recently was quoted saying. He also said he was a victim of terrorism.“If I was in the same situation, I’d do it all again,” the lawyer said in an interview at their mansion. “The bottom line was, I was there to protect my family and my house and myself.”Mark insisted the safety mechanisms on his AR-15 and his wife’s handgun were on when they confronted the group. He declined to say if either weapon was loaded.He said one protester called him by name and that another man kept getting closer “trying to look intimidating.”“I’m not a mind reader but he gave every impression of being there for assault purposes and to be physically threatening,” Mark said. “It got to the point where I was concerned that I might actually have to shoot.”Patricia said she called 911 but that cops never showed up. Her husband said he didn’t blame police because they are “underfunded, understaffed, overwhelmed.”The couple said that while they have heard from supporters, they also have been inundated with threats.“‘We’re gonna burn your house, this is gonna be my bedroom, my living room and bathroom after you’re dead,’” Mark cited as an example.