For almost two weeks, Freedom has been making its way in and out of the Menominee River to Green Bay as the first-of-its-kind Littoral Combat Ship undergoes equipment and systems testing by the companies that built it.The did make August - good luck to the LCS team.
"It looks more like something you'd see in a 'Star Wars' movie. It's kind of stealth looking," said Cindy Entringer, an employee at Marinette Fuel and Dock, where the vessel has tied most days after coming back from trials.
The ship caused a stir along the banks of Marinette and Menominee, Mich., when it went out for the first time last week.
"There were people walking on the bridge, and they were lined up on the Wisconsin and Michigan side (of the river). There were boats out in the river trying to get a peek," Entringer said. "It's neat being a town of this size to have something of that magnitude."
BTW, the Italians own it now.
The Manitowoc Company announced Monday the proposed sale of its marine division — which includes Marinette Marine, Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay and Cleveland Shiprepair — to Fincantieri Marine Group Holdings for $120 million. Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to be a minority investor with Fincantieri in the proposed acquisition.Tim Colton has a good overview.