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 - Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Nathan D. Rowan, 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.
January 12, 2019 USS Wichita was commissioned during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport.
January ?, LCS 13 moved from Wharf C2 to Wharf E1 on Naval Station Mayport; Underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area from Feb. 8-11; Underway again on Feb. 12.
February 14, The Wichita moored at Quay Wall East on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., for a brief stop before conducting operations off the coast of Virginia; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk from Feb. 19-22; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 10 from Feb. 28- March 1.
March 4, USS Wichita moored at Wharf D4 on Naval Station Mayport; Underway again from April 24-25, May 8-9, May 22-23 and June 3; Moored at Wharf C2 on June 4; Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Virginia Capes Op. Area on June 6.
June 9, The littoral combat ship moored at Berth 2, Pier 8 on Naval Station Norfolk for a brief stop; Moored at Quay Wall East on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story from June 13-14; Moored at Wharf C2 in Naval Station Mayport on June 18; Moved to Wharf C1 on July 22.
August 1, USS Wichita moored at the BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair facility on Fanning Island, Fla., for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).
October ?, Cmdr. Kevin B. O'Brien relieved Cmdr. Chavius G. Lewis as CO of the Wichita (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony on Naval Station Mayport.
February 29, 2020 The Wichita (Gold) moored at Wharf D4 on Naval Station Mayport after a two-day underway for sea trials; Underway again from March 18-20, March 25-26 and May 12.
May 14, The Wichita moored at Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport; Moved to Wharf D4 on May 20; Underway in support of the USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Blue crew's advance phase training from June 3-8; Underway again on Sept. 28.
October 1, USS Wichita moored at Berth 2, Pier 14 on Naval Station Norfolk; Moved to deperming crib on Lambert's Point Magnetic Treatment Facility for magnetic treatment (DEPERM) on Oct. 2; Moored at Pier 16S in Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after a brief underway for degaussing runs on Oct. 6; Underway again on Oct. 7; Conducted operations in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from Oct. 8-14.
October 16, The Wichita moored at Wharf D2 on Naval Station Mayport; Moved to Wharf C2 for ammo onload on Oct. 27; Underway again on Oct. 29; Moored at Wharf D3 on Oct. 30; Moved to Wharf F1 on Dec. 2.
December 7, USS Wichita moored outboard the USS Detroit (LCS 7) at Wharf D3 on Naval Station Mayport after a two-day underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area; Moved to Wharf C2 on Jan. 4; Moved to Wharf B3 on Jan. 8; Moved to Wharf D3, outboard the USS Detroit, on Jan. 9.
January 15, 2021 USS Wichita (Gold) moored at Wharf D3, outboard the USS Detroit, after a five-day underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area; Underway again on Jan. 20; Moored at Wharf D4 on Jan. 22.
February 12, Cmdr. Daniel A. Reiher relieved Cmdr. Kevin B. O'Brien as CO of the Wichita (Crew 101 - Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.
February 24, USS Wichita, with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 Det. 8, departed Mayport for its first operational deployment in support of counter-illicit trafficking operations.
March 1, The Wichita moored at Don Diego Terminal in Port of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for a one-day stop to refuel; Moored at Berth 8 in Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico, from March 8-10; Moored at Crown Bay Cruise Ship Dock in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, from March 16-17; Moored at Sans Souci Terminal in Port of Santo Domingo from March 23-24; Moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from March 25- April 2.
April 8, USS Wichita moored at Berth 1, KWL Terminal in Port of Kingston, Jamaica, for a one-day stop to refuel; Moored at Berth 8 in Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico, from April 11-15; Inport Ponce again from April 20-25, April 29- May ? and May 8-25; Moored at Bravo Wharf in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay from May 28- June 5; Moored at Berth 8 in Port of Ponce from June 6-8.
June 15, USS Wichita moored at Berth 2, Heritage Quay Pier in St John's, Antigua, for a two-day liberty port visit; Moored at Pier V on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on July 1; Moved to Pier C to refuel on July 3; Participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Sioux City (LCS 11) and USS Billings (LCS 15) on July 4; Transited northbound, off the southeast coast of Florida, from July 6-7.
July 8, USS Wichita moored at Wharf E2 on Naval Station Mayport following a four-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 4th Fleet AoR.