MARINETTE - Marinette Marine has turned over the warship it built for the U.S. Navy.
The shipbuilder finished the 377-foot Fort Worth two months ahead of schedule. The ship is designed to patrol close to shore and can quickly switch from one combat mode to another. That allows it to transform from a mine or submarine hunter to a surface war vessel.
A conventional ship the size of the Fort Worth usually carries a crew of about 200. This ship requires only 44 crew members who are trained to do multiple jobs.
The delivery follows the ship's successful acceptance trials on Lake Michigan in May.
"By delivering Fort Worth early and performing so successfully at Acceptance Trials, this team has reached milestones rarely seen this early in a new ship class," U.S. Navy LCS Program Manager Rear Admiral (Select) John Neagley said in a news release.
The ship will remain at Marinette Marine until later this summer. Crew members will train about 60 days before they take the Fort Worth to its commissioning in Galveston, Texas.
The ship's price tag is $360 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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