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
Actor Will Forte was one of the featured guests on Tuesday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he regaled the host and his audience with stories of his love for Ozzy Osbourne to go with a visual recap of a recent trip throughout the Irish countryside.Forte began his guest segment on the popular late-night show by explaining that his initial reason for making the trip overseas last month was to attend one of the shows on Ozzy’s No More Tours II Tour. Those initial run of European dates were postponed in late-January due to Osbourne’s health, forcing Forte and his companions to find new ways to keep themselves entertained while in Ireland without a concert to attend. Forte went on to further explain how the sight-seeing portion of their trip ended up involving recreations of well-known classic album covers, starting with Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, which was based around the natural landscape of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.Related: Watch Will Forte’s Hilarious Parody Of Gregg Allman on “The Tonight Show” With Jimmy FallonForte and his friend found almost the exact location of the landscape where the original album artwork was framed, only to create their own interpretation with a nearly-naked Forte as the stand-in. Other classic album covers which Forte and his friends reworked included The Beatles‘ Abby Road, U2‘s The Joshua Tree, and Nirvana’s Nevermind. Fans can check out the video of last night’s interview segment below to hear Forte explain how his latest hobby came about.Will Forte Interview – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Speaking of Ozzy Osbourne, the famous singer was forced to be hospitalized (again) last week due to complications from what initially was diagnosed as the flu. Osbourne has since been released back into the wild and his tour is scheduled to start up again on Sunday, March 9th beginning with the leg of shows in Australia. Fans can head over to Osbourne’s website for ticket info.