The Navy has selected Naval Station Everett, Washington, as the home port for the next generation Constellation-class frigates.
According to the Navy, a total of 12 Constellation-class frigates will be stationed from Naval Station Everett.
“The Navy’s Surface Force is the pre-eminent resource our nation has to protect its interests and maintain its prosperity around the world,” the Navy said in a June 2 press release. “The Navy continues to focus on building and deploying combat-ready, combat-ready teams that can complete their missions today and tomorrow at home and abroad. Constellation-class frigates will help us and maintain our lead at sea. “
The Navy announced in April 2020 that the service has chosen Fincantieri’s design for the next generation of frigates and that it will be built at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The ship is designed to operate either alone or with an attack group to provide features such as an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, Mk 41 Vertical Launching System, and a Baseline 10 Aegis Combat System.
The ship’s “lethality, survivability and enhanced capability will provide multiple options to fleet commanders while supporting national defense strategy across the full range of military operations,” the Navy said in a press release.
Then Naval Secretary at the time, Kenneth Braithwaite, revealed in October 2020 that the first ship of the new class of guided missile frigates would be called Constellation.
The chief of naval operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, said in January that it is vital for the frigates to be reliable, especially as the next class of destroyers will be modeled after the Constellation-class frigates.
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The frigates are a critical test of the Navy’s return to building ships around existing technologies rather than designing them around technologies in development, which in some ways has proven to be a fiasco.
“I can’t afford the FFG (X) to be anything other than come off a world-class production line that produces a ship we can rely on,” Gilday said, according to a report in sister publication Defense News . “That will also inform us about how we will develop and build DDG Next. It has to be top notch efforts that deliver on time, on budget, with the right capacity, and with the right skills that we need. “
The start of construction of the new frigates is planned for 2022, the delivery date is planned for 2026.