USS Forth Worth first visit to Guam during first Pacific deployment
SANTA RITA, Guam (December 9, 2014) – USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will make its first visit to Guam Dec. 11 during its maiden 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.
Building on USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month deployment from March to December 2013, Fort Worth will expand LCS operations in the region to include visiting more ports, engaging regional navies during exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) and expanding LCS capabilities with tools like the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned autonomous helicopter.
In addition to presence in nearly every phase of CARAT 2015 in South and Southeast Asia, Fort Worth will train with the Republic of Korea Navy in exercise Foal Eagle and will join multinational ships at Singapore's Changi Naval Base for the International Maritime Defence Exhibition. Fort Worth will also expand LCS regional presence by using additional expeditionary maintenance locations in Northeast Asia.
Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare. Fort Worth will employ the surface warfare mission package for her entire deployment, augmenting her 57mm gun and rolling airframe missile launcher with two 30mm guns, two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats and two eight-member maritime security boarding teams. With more fuel capacity than Freedom, Fort Worth can refuel less often and stay on patrol.