USS WICHITA LCS 13
The Wichita (LCS 13) is the seventh ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and the third ship in the United States Navy to be named after the largest city in Kansas.
February 9, 2015 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 13 was held at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
July ?, 2016 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Wichita was moved from its assembly building for the first time, mounted on Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT's), and completed a 180 degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis.
September 17, PCU Wichita was christened and launched during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard. Mrs. Kate S. Lehrer, the wife of former PBS news anchor and Wichita native Jim Lehrer, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. William S. Snyder, Jr., (LCS Crew 110) is the prospective commanding officer.
May 3, 2018 The Wichita returned to Marinette shipyard after underway for Builder's (Alpha) trials on Lake Michigan; Underway again from May 4-5 and May 7-8; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from July 11-12.
August 22, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Wichita during a short ceremony aboard the ship at Marinette Marine Shipyard.
October 30, The Wichita (Crew 101), commanded by Cmdr. Spencer P. Austin, departed Marinette, Wis., for the last time; Moored at passenger dock in downtown Detroit, Mich., to refuel from Nov. 1-3; Transited the Welland Canal on Nov. 4.
November 5, PCU Wichita moored at Berth 33 in Port of Montreal, Quebec, for a three-day visit; Moored at HMC Dockyard Jetty NB4 on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Nov. 13-17; Moored at Pier 17S on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., from Nov. 20-21.
November 23, The Wichita moored at Wharf C2 in its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for the first time; Underway again on Dec. 12; Moored at Wharf E1 on Dec. 13.