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Littoral Combat Ship (LCS): A disaster for the US Navy?

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The Chief of the United States Navy has justified the service’s plans to decommission nine relatively new warships in the coming fiscal year.

There are currently three littoral combat ships (LCS) that are less than three years old and are scheduled to be decommissioned according to CNN.

Littoral Combat Ships (LCS): A disaster for the US Navy?
USS Freedom, the Navy’s first of a new class of littoral combat ships, transits the Boston Harbor. Freedom spent three days moored next to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. PHOTO: US NAVY

“I refuse to put an additional dollar against a system that would not be able to track a high-end submarine in today’s environment,” Gilday told the committee.

Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said, “We can’t use the ships, number one, because they’re not ready to do anything.” Number two, when they are, they still break down

“They’re incredibly expensive, and they don’t have the capabilities that we expected. So regardless of how old they are, that’s a lot of money to be spent to get pretty close to nothing,” Adam Smith said.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto/Released

In a previous post published on GEOPOLITIKI, we had informed you that the entire class of these ships, also known as the Freedom class, is troubled by a propulsion fault that result in extraordinarily high repair costs.

Littoral Combat Ships (LCS): A disaster for the US Navy?
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) assembles in formation with ships from the Royal Malaysian Navy as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2015. CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop/Released)

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee remarked that the program had been plagued with issues from the very beginning and that the “United States Navy must avert similar acquisition disasters in the future.”

Elaine Luria, a Democrat representing Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, was more forthright in her statement, tweeting that it “sucks” that so many ships, especially newer ones, are being taken out of service.

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