SINGAPORE – The Navy’s first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrived in Singapore April 18, highlighting the next phase of her deployment to Southeast Asia.
“Freedom has met every milestone of this deployment on time and with the professionalism you would expect of U.S. Navy Sailors,” said Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer, USS Freedom. “I’m proud of Freedom’s accomplishments to date, but I’m also looking forward to putting the ship through its paces over the next several months while deployed more than 8,000 miles from homeport.”
Announced at the 2011 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Freedom’s maiden overseas deployment began with a departure from homeport San Diego March 1, 2013. The first-in-class ship has since transited the Pacific Ocean, entered the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), and made port visits in Hawaii, Guam and most recently in Manila. Additional port visits will occur throughout the deployment.
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