USS FORT WORTH LCS 3
The Fort Worth (LCS 3) is the second ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships. She is the first ship to be named after Fort Worth, Texas, the 17th-largest city in the United States. Her name was announced March 6, 2009, and the keel was laid down on July 11.
December 4, 2010 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Fort Worth was christened during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas served as the ship's sponsor. The blue crew CO is Cmdr. James R. Blankenship and the gold is commanded by Cmdr. Warren E. Cupps.
October 24, 2011 PCU Fort Worth successufully completed its builder's sea trials on Lake Michigan.
April 4, 2012 LCS 3 successfully completed the second round of builder's trials.
May 4, The littoral combat ship completed a four-day acceptance trials on Lake Michigan.
June 6, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the Fort Worth during a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, WI.
August 6, PCU Fort Worth departed Marrinette, Wis., for a the last time to conduct transit to Galveston, Texas.
August 8, LCS 3 moored at Nicholson Terminal in Detroit, Mich., for a brief port visit; Arrived in Ogdensburg, N.Y., for an overnight stop on Aug. 11.
August 14, The littoral combat ship recently moored at Alexandria Pier in Montreal, Canada, for a brief port call.
August 24, PCU Fort Worth arrived in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to conduct helicopter training with the Afloat Training Group.
September 13, The Fort Worth (Blue) departed Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after a two-week port call; Arrived at the Port of Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 17.
September 22, USS Fort Worth was commissioned during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Galveston.
October 14, The Fort Worth recently departed Manzanillo, Mexico, after a liberty port visit.
October 18, USS Fort Worth arrived in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., after a 24-day transit from Galveston, TX. Underway for Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in late November.?
February 22, 2013 LCS 3 (Blue) departed homeport for routine training off the coast of southern California.
April 4, USS Fort Worth (Blue) returned to San Diego after a three-day underway for final contract trials; Underway for local operations in mid-April.
April 16, The Rotational Crew 101, commanded by Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien, normally embarked aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1), assumed command of the USS Fort Worth (Blue), from the Crew 103, commanded by Cmdr. Warren E. Cupps, making them the first LCS crew to take command of multiple LCS ships.
May 1, The Fort Worth (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Henry S. Kim, commenced a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) while pierside at Naval Base San Diego; Departed graving dry-dock at 32nd Street on July 1 or earlier; Underway for sea trials on Aug. 26; Underway for a VIP cruise on Sept. 9.
From October 1-25, USS Fort Worth was underway for the second phase of developmental testing of Surface Warfare Mission Package at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Point Mugu range, off the coast of southern California. The SFMP is consisted of two Mk-46 Mod 2 30mm gun weapons system, two 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats, an MH-60R helicopter, a 19-person surface warfare detachment, and a 23-person aviation detachment; Conducted dynamic interface operations at Point Mugu test range, with the Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) MQ-8B Fire Scout, from Nov. 5-13.
January 16, 2014 LCS 3 (Gold) returned to Naval Base San Diego after underway for local operations.
March 1, The Fort Worth recently moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for ammo onload.
April 21, USS Fort Worth completed the initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the surface warfare mission module. The littoral combat ship supported this testing through a series of in-port and at-sea events at various locations along the coast of southern California over the past two months. Live firing events were supported by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Point Mugu sea range and were completed on April 17; Conducted Functional Integration Testing (FIT) of the Remote Minehunting System (RMS) from April 23-27.
April 28, Cmdr. Matthew J. Kawas relieved Cmdr. Warren E. Cupps as CO of the Fort Worth (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.
July 25, Cmdr. Kendall G. Bridgewater relieved Cmdr. Henry S. Kim as CO of the USS Fort Worth (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at San Diego.
September 22, USS Fort Worth (Gold) is currently underway for routine training off the coast of southern California. Underway for Certification Exercise (CERTEX) and in support of Task Group Exercise (TGEX) from Oct. 23-31.
November 17, USS Fort Worth (Gold - Crew 104), with an embarked one MH-60R Seahawk and one MQ-8B Fire Scout from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 Det. 1, departed San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment. Fort Worth is the first littoral combat ship to deploy under the "3-2-1" manning concept, where three rotational crews will support two LCS ships and maintain one deployed ship. It will use the Changi Naval Base in Singapore as its forward-deployed base of operations.
November 24, LCS 3 moored at Bravo 25 Wharf in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call; Conducted deck landing qualifications with the U.S. Army's UH-60A Black Hawks, assigned to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), and AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 24, off the coast of Kaneohe Bay from Nov. 25-26; Inport Pearl Harbor again from Nov. 26- Dec. 1.
December 11, The Fort Worth moored at Kilo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a two-day port call.
December 22, USS Fort Worth moored at Container Terminal II in Port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a five-day port visit; Arrived in Singapore on Dec. 29.
January 2, 2015 The littoral combat ship departed Berth 7, Changi Naval Base to assist the USS Sampson (DDG 102) in search and recovery operations for AirAsia Flight 8501; Returned to Singapore on Jan. 16; Underway for local operations from Feb. 2-4; Moored at Berth 2, Sembawang Terminal on Feb. 10.
February 17, Rotational LCS Crew 103, commanded by Cmdr. Matthew Kawas, assumed command of the Fort Worth during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship in Sembawang, Singapore. LCS Crew 104 will return to San Diego before redeploying in May to Marinette, Wisc., to serve as the commissioning crew for the PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5); Underway for at-sea workups on Feb. 19.
March 4, USS Fort Worth, with an embarked HSM-35 Det. 2, moored at Pyeongtaek Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit before participating in a joint exercise Foal Eagle 2015.
March 14, The littoral combat ship moored at Berth 2 in Busan Naval Base, ROK, for a three-day port visit.
March 18, The Fort Worth moored at Berth 1, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for an eight-day upkeep.
April 6, USS Fort Worth moored at Berth 2, Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a four-day visit to participate in annual Naval Exchange Activity (NEA).
April 15, USS Fort Worth (Crew 103) moored at Berth 7, Changi Naval Base for a 15-day Restricted Availability (RAV).
May 4, LCS 3 moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a routine port call; Inport Subic Bay again from May 13-14; Returned to Singapore on May 17; Participated in International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2015 from May 19-21.
May 26, Rotational LCS Crew 102, commanded by Cmdr. Michael R. Jarrett, Jr., assumed command of the Fort Worth during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship at Berth 1, Sembawang Terminal. LCS Crew 103 will return to San Diego before redeploying later this year to Marinette, Wisc., to serve as the commissioning crew for the PCU Detroit (LCS 7).
May 29, The Forth Worth returned to Changi Naval Base; Underway for initial ship aviation team training (ISATT), with the HSM-35 Det. 3, from June 2-7.
June 15, USS Fort Worth departed Singapore in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2015 exercises.
June 21, The Fort Worth moored at Port of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, to participate in CARAT Philippines; Underway for at-sea phase from June 24-25; Inport Puerto Princesa again from June 25-26; Returned to Singapore on July 9.
July 10, Cmdr. Christopher A. Brown relieved Cmdr. Michael R. Jarrett, Jr., as CO of the USS Fort Worth (Crew 102) during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Berth 7, Changi Naval Base.
July 19, The Fort Worth departed Changi for a four-day underway to participate in at-sea phase of CARAT Singapore.
August 3, USS Fort Worth moored at North Jamrud Pier, Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya to participate in CARAT Indonesia; Underway for at-sea phase from Aug. 6-9; Inport Surabaya again from Aug. 9-11; Transited the Makassar Strait northbound on Aug. 13.
From August 19-21, LCS 3 participated in at-sea phase of CARAT Malaysia off the coast of Sandakan, Borneo; Moored at Berth 5, Changi Naval Base on Aug. 25; Underway for local operations in early September.
September 9, USS Fort Worth (Crew 102) recently moored at Berth 2, Sembawang Terminal for a two-week upkeep; Transited the Malacca Strait northbound on Sept. 25; Participated in at-sea phase of CARAT Bangladesh, off the coast of Chittagong, from Oct. 1-3.
October 7, The Fort Worth moored at South Quay 1W, Dr. Ambedkar Dock in Port of Chennai, India, for a nine-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of annual multi-national exercise Malabar; Returned to Singapore on Oct. 25.?
November 6, Rotational LCS Crew 101, commanded by Cmdr. Michael L. Atwell, assumed command of the USS Fort Worth during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship at Berth 2, Sembawang Terminal.
November 8, The Fort Wort departed Sembawang for initial ship aviation team training (ISATT), with the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 Det. 1.
November 15, USS Fort Worth moored at Berth 3, Old Pier in Port of Sihanoukville to participate in CARAT Cambodia; Underway for at-sea phase from Nov. 18-19; Inport Sihanoukville again from Nov. 19-20; Returned to Changi Naval Base on Nov. 24.?
December 14, LCS 3 recently departed Singapore for patrol in the South China Sea after a three-week upkeep; Transited the Strait of Malacca northbound from Dec. 28-29.
December 30, USS Fort Worth moored at Ao Makham Deep Sea Port, Thailand, for a four-day liberty visit to Phuket; Returned to Changi on Jan. 5.
January 12, 2016 The Fort Worth suffered damage to its combining gear while moored at Berth 7, Changi Naval Base. Based on initial indications, the casualty occurred due to an apparent failure to follow procedures during an operational test of the port and starboard main propulsion diesel engines (MPDEs). The combining gear is among the most complex parts of the ship’s machinery and was custom built to meet the high-speed requirements of the Freedom-class. An investigation is underway to examine the incident in depth and determine any necessary corrective action.
March 28, Rear Adm. Charles F. Williams, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73, relieved of duty Cmdr. Michael Atwell due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Cmdr. Alexis T. Walker, deputy commodore of DESRON 7, assumed temporary command of the LCS Crew 101.
May 16, USS Fort Worth recently moved from Berth 7 to Berth 5 at Changi Naval Base; Moved to Berth 6 on May 2?.
June 6, Rotational LCS Crew 111, commanded by Cmdr. Michael D. Brasseur, assumed command of the Fort Worth during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship at Changi Naval Base. The "Iron Warriors" is the fifth different crew to manned the LCS 3 since the beginning of deployment.
August ?, USS Fort Worth departed Changi Naval Base to conduct sea trials, after piersided since January for damage control material assessment (DCMA), light-off assessment (LOA) and Type Commander (TYCOM) Material Readiness Inspection (TMI); Underway en route to San Diego on Aug. 22.
August 24, The Fort Worth moored at Sepanggar Naval Base in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for a two-day port visit.
August 28, USS Fort Worth moored at Container Terminal in Port of Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day liberty visit; Transited the Surigao Strait northbound on Sept. 1.
September 6, The littoral combat ship pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
September 17, USS Fort Worth moored at Berth E, Echo Pier on Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, for a brief port call; Moored at Pier H2 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Sept. 2?-30.
October 7, USS Fort Worth (Crew 111) moored at Berth 1, Pier 2 on Naval Base San Diego following an extended 690-day deployment.