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During launch, the final Freedom-Class LCS hits the tug.
By Seaandcoast | 20/04/2023
The Freedom- class Littoral Combat Ship USS Cleveland was launched on Saturday by Fincantieri's Marinette yard. It's the final vessel in the 16- vessel series and one of six that the United States Navy wants to keep in its long- range line plan. Cleveland was also the final vessel that Marinette would launch from the water with a dramatic side- launch because it was installing a boat lift to lower down more gently. 
 In a statement released previous to the launch, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said," LCS 31 will be another step closer to joining our line, sailing the open swell, continuing to defend our nation, and representing the strong connection our cortege has with the megacity of Cleveland." The statement was made in reference to the launch. 
 onlookers' videotape of the launch seems to show that the surge from the USS Cleveland's entry into the water washed the reverse sundeck and wheelhouse of an help haul, bucking the haul's arc overhead and pushing the lower boat across the channel. Before the surge wetlands over the stern, it appears in two vids that a member of the haul crew is seen running forward, down from the reverse sundeck. 
 TheU.S. Naval force that USS Cleveland connected with the pull during shoot off, and the LCS supported minor detriment because of the effect." The service said in a statement that there were no labor force injuries and only minor damage. The damaged area is well above the water's face, so there was no flooding.