U.S.S. Freedom

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U.S.S. Freedom was built in 2008, is 379 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

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The U.S.S. Freedom is a fast, maneuverable vessel that will be used for mine, anti-submarine and surface warfare and for humanitarian relief. It can be reconfigured to provide for helicopter launch and boat launch and recovery. ussfreedom20081030_0195Designed by Lockheed Martin, she was constructed at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin and was officially accepted by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast officially on behalf of the US Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in Marinette, Wis., on Sept. 18th, 2008. She is currently undergoing sea trials and will be commissioned in Milwaukee on November 8th, 2008. She is expected to be in Duluth for several days, arriving sometime Sunday afternoon, October 26th. She will be docked at the DECC.  Picture above taken Thursday, October 30, 2008: The USS Freedom departs under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
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Picture above taken Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Picture above taken Monday, October 27, 2008: A control center in the ship that allows the crew to follow a variety of video cameras on the ship
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Picture above taken Monday, October 27, 2008
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Picture above taken Monday, October 27, 2008: This was taken while standing on the deck of the ship, known more formally as the forecastle. Straight ahead is the ship’s 57 mm gun, its largest. It rotates and can also be used as an anti aircraft weapon. A missile launcher is at the other end of the ship; it holds 21 missiles.
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Picture above taken Monday, October 27, 2008: The pilot house
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Picture above taken Monday, October 27, 2008: This was taken from the back deck of the ship, looking forward into the airborne mission zone, often referred to as the hanger. It is one of several large open spaces that allow the crew to deploy a variety of assets called mission packages. The mine hunting and submarine hunting packages were completed. A mission package for humanitarian rescue was added later. Forty per cent of the inside space of the vessel is reconfigurable open space when they are not outfitted for a particular mission. The space above can hold two helicopters, with blades folded. These packages will be deployed around the world, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for a change in mission just by replacing packages.
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Picture above taken Sunday, October 26, 2008: The tug North Dakota was close by in case the USS Freedom needed a little help making the dock
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Picture above taken Sunday, October 26, 2008: The USS Freedom arrived Duluth on Sunday October 26th, 2008 at 12:38 in the afternoon. She is a fast, maneuverable vessel that will be used for mine, anti-submarine and surface warfare and for humanitarian relief. It can be reconfigured to provide for helicopter and boat launch and as well as variety of recovery operations. Designed by Lockheed Martin, she was constructed at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin and was officially accepted by the Navy in Marinette, Wis., on Sept. 18th, 2008. She was commissioned in Milwaukee on November 8th, 2008 and was commanded by Cmdr. Donald D. Gabrielson of Hibbing.
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Photo courtesy of  Lockheed Martin
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Photo courtesy of  Lockheed Martin

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  1. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    If anyone has any further information as to where the ship is working now, pictures, websites, etc. please email them to me at tristinw13@hotmail.com

    Thanks,

    Tristin W.

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