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Please see below invitation to cover a media teleconference, ship tour and LCS 7 ship launch at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wis. We appreciate responses by Wednesday, Oct. 15.



The U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin-led industry team will launch the seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Detroit at Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC). Before launching the ship into the Menominee River, ship sponsor Mrs. Barbara Levin will christen the ship with the tradition of smashing a champagne bottle across the ship’s bow. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) will deliver remarks at the ceremony.

Lockheed Martin will host a media roundtable telecon with Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships & Systems at Lockheed Martin, and Marinette Marine Corporation President and CEO Jan Allman. Attendees will hear a brief program update and can participate in a Q&A session as industry interview opportunities will be limited the day of the launch ceremony.

Reporters are also invited to tour LCS 5 (future USS Milwaukee) and parts of the shipyard on the day of launch to get b-roll footage, just prior to the ceremony.


Media Teleconference
Thursday, October 16, 2014
2:30 – 3 p.m.
Dial-in: 855-505-4083
Participant Code: 581100#

LCS 5 (Milwaukee) Ship Tour / Shipyard Tour and LCS 7 (Detroit) Christening Ceremony and Launch
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Tours begin at 8:30 a.m., ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Media should arrive for security check-in and set-up by 8 a.m. for the tours and must be set up by 9:30 for the ceremony. If you plan to only join for the ceremony, arrive by 9:15 a.m. All individuals participating in ship and yard tour are required to wear long pants, flat closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back. Anyone not meeting these safety requirements will not be permitted to participate.

*All times in Central Time Zone


Marinette Marine Corporation
1600 Ely St., Marinette, Wis., 54143

Check-in at main building lobby. Photo ID required.
Event to be held outdoors.

Interview Opportunities: Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a brief media availability session with several U.S. Navy and industry leaders, as well as local elected officials.

Video/Photo:   Video and photo opportunities of LCS 7 pierside, launch and key leadership.

  • The Honorable U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
  • The Honorable Carl Levin, U.S. Senior Senator, Michigan
  • Mrs. Barbara Levin, Ship Sponsor
  • Joe North, Lockheed Martin Vice President of Littoral Ships & Systems
  • Jan Allman, Marinette Marine Corporation President and CEO

Social Media:  Join the conversation on social media with #LCSDetroit.

Background:  LCS 7, the future USS Detroit, is the fourth ship of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships and the seventh in the class.

In addition to Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, the Lockheed Martin-led industry team includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox as well as best-of-industry domestic and international companies.

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is building the Freedom-variant ships, and has delivered two ships to the Navy.

  • USS Freedom (LCS 1) completed a successful deployment to Southeast Asia in 2013.
  • USS Forth Worth (LCS 3) will deploy to Southeast Asia in 2014.
  • Milwaukee (LCS 5) will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2015.
  • Detroit (LCS 7) will be christened and launched on Oct. 18.
  • Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11) and Wichita (LCS 13) are under construction.
  • Billings (LCS 15) will begin construction in 2014.
  • Earlier this year, the Navy funded Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19, which is yet to be named.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Oct. 15, 2014, to Emily Kleiman ( or 215-284-8860).


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