Secretary of US Navy Celebrates Keel Laying of Future USS Constellation (FFG 62)

14.04.2024 North America
Secretary of US Navy Celebrates Keel Laying of Future USS Constellation (FFG 62)

Secretary of US Navy Celebrates Keel Laying of Future USS Constellation (FFG 62)

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Secretary of the United States Navy Carlos Del Toro traveled to Marinette, Wisconsin, to celebrate the keel laying for the future USS Constellation (FFG 62), April 12.

The Constellation is the first ship of the Constellation-class frigates awarded to Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) in 2020, the US Navy said on its website.

“USS Constellation and the Constellation-class frigates are a critical next step in the modernization of our surface ship inventory, increasing the number of players on the field available globally for our fleet and combatant commanders,” said Secretary Del Toro. 

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Lisa Franchetti joined Secretary Del Toro during the historic occasion.

“This ship will be critical in putting more players on the field,” said Franchetti. “The Constellation-class frigate, named after the USS Constellation - the first of six frigates authorized by the Naval Act of 1794 and the first in-class designed and built by American workers - will ensure the free flow of American commerce by sea.”

The ship’s sponsor is Melissa Braithwaite, the spouse of former Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite, who named the ship in 2020.

“I am truly honored to be here as the USS Constellation sponsor. It is one of the greatest honors of my life,” said Melissa Braithwaite. “Being a Navy wife and Ken’s long service in the Navy, today, I had the honor of truly belonging to the Navy myself.”

During his remarks, Secretary Del Toro thanked Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers for his leadership, pointing out that the state’s shipbuilding industry was integral to the national maritime statecraft efforts to rebuild commercial and naval power. 

“This yard is teeming with activity-Americans from all walks of life coming together to build warships in a demonstration of our industrial might, and showcasing the talents of the skilled workforce that our nation must expand during this critical period in our world’s history, said Secretary Del Toro.

“After having helped support some of the efforts to update and expand Fincantieri’s facilities to meet the needs of an effort of this size, it is great to be here now to celebrate these projects and see how this hard work is paying off,” said Governor Evers.

“This contract to build these frigates is a great opportunity for Wisconsin to showcase our rich shipbuilding and maritime history and cement our role as leaders in this industry,” he added.

The Constellation-Class Guided-Missile Frigate (FFG 62) represents the Navy’s next-generation small surface combatant. This ship class will be an agile, multi-mission warship capable of operations in both blue-water and littoral environments, providing increased combat-credible forward presence that provides a military advantage at sea. 

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) was founded in 1942 along the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin. to meet America’s growing demand for naval construction. FMM has since grown into a world-class shipbuilder, having designed and built more than 1,500 vessels.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine is part of the Fincantieri Marine Group, the United States division of Italian enterprise FINCANTIERI. With a history dating back more than 200 years and a track record of producing more than 7,000 ships, FINCANTIERI is one of the world’s largest shipbuilders with 18 shipyards on four different continents and employing nearly 20,000 shipbuilding professionals.

The parent company, FINCANTIERI, has invested over $300 million in Fincantieri Marinette Marine and our other Wisconsin shipyards. We recently completed an extensive capital expansion program transforming our 550,000 square foot operations into a modern shipbuilding powerhouse, to include manufacturing, warehouse, and receiving space, and the capacity to simultaneously build seven Littoral Combat Ships in serial production. FMM employs cutting-edge computer-controlled manufacturing equipment and has heavy-lift capabilities to meet the most demanding requirement. (US Navy; Fincantieri Marine Group; Photo © US Navy)



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