In today’s EagleHerald, we are proud to offer a special publication titled “Building a Legacy.” It’s an in-depth magazine highlighting Fincantieri Marinette Marine and its most recent littoral combat ship (LCS), the USS Marinette.

In the past several years, FMM has firmly cemented itself as a major player in world shipbuilding. One of the key factors in the shipbuilder’s reclamation effort (it was struggling in the mid-90s) was the ability to obtain the LCS contract.

The odd-numbered vessels in the LCS fleet are built at FMM. The USS Marinette (LCS-25) is the 13th combat ship in the Freedom class to be built here. Three others are in various stages of production.

While the workforce at FMM puts the utmost effort into all of its ships, we bet there is a little bit of extra satisfaction working on a ship named after the location of your industry.

We’re sure CEO Jan Allman speaks for everyone involved when she says, “I just feel so honored of being a part of Fincantieri Marinette Marine and being a part of the building of USS Marinette … I think it’s an honor to have that name as part of the U.S. Navy legacy.”

In today’s section, you will read about how Marinette Marine got started, about the effort to get a ship named after the City of Marinette, about one of the many multi-generational families that work at the shipyard and much more.

You also will read about the launch of the USS Marinette on Oct. 31. Because of COVID-19, there was no formal, public event. FMM officials are hoping to have some type of ceremony in the spring or summer, or whenever the pandemic is under control.

We agree with Allman, who believes the workers at FMM are a key reason why the LCS-25 bears the Marinette name.

“It was truly to recognize the men and women who build these ships every day for the U.S. Navy,” she said.

The importance of FMM to our community cannot be understated. The economic impact is enormous. That impact is expected to continue well beyond the LCS contracts as the shipbuilder will construct up to 10 frigates for the U.S. Navy. That $795 million contract was awarded last spring and it is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs and provide work well past 2030.

But now it’s the USS Marinette’s time to shine. We had fun putting this section together. We hope you enjoy.

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