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Two Years After Breakdown, This Littoral Combat Ship is Back in the Fleet

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  • Two Years After Breakdown, This Littoral Combat Ship is Back in the Fleet

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...t-ship-return/

    Two Years After Breakdown, This Littoral Combat Ship is Back in the Fleet

    The long repair period highlighted the many problems plaguing the Navy’s latest class of ships.

    By Kyle Mizokami

    Dec 19, 2018
    The USS Freedom is rejoining the fleet more than two years after an engine breakdown sidelined the vessel. That's good news for the Freedom, sure, but the lengthy repair only underscores the multitude of problems the U.S. Navy has experienced with this new breed of ships—ships that might be functionally obsolete before they really even get going.
    When it was commissioned in 2008, USS Freedom was meant to be the first of a new type of ship, the littoral combat ship (LCS). The LCS is a small, frigate-size vessel meant to operate near shores and coastlines, supporting operations in post-9/11 war zones.
    But a lot has changed in a decade. The evolving geopolitical climate, including the rise of the Chinese Navy, has made the LCS class largely irrelevant. Although the U.S. Navy technically has 11 LCS ships currently in service, none of them deployed in 2018—all 11 were tied up in maintenance or equipment testing.











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