The Navy's Littoral Combat Ships

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    Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Jackson (LCS-6)
    http://www.seapowermagazine.org/stories/20151204-jackson.html
    GULFPORT, Miss. — The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Jackson, during a ceremony Dec. 5, the Navy announced in a Dec. 4 release.

    Jackson, designated LCS 6, honors the city of Jackson, Miss., and is the first U.S. ship to be named in honor of the city, which was named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.


    Airbus to Provide TRS-4D AESA Radar to the Freedom-variant LCS
    http://www.seapowermagazine.org/stories/20151201-trs-4d.html
    HERNDON, Va. — Airbus Defense and Space Inc. and its affiliate, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, completed successful factory acceptance testing of the TRS-4D naval radar scheduled to go aboard the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) starting with LCS 17, Airbus announced in a Nov. 30 release.


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    I'm not gonna lie, I used to be totally against the LCS and its lack of weaponry usable versus a "near-peer" adversary. But the fact they they will start pumping these things out at 3-4 a year, and are supposed to start backfits of older LCSs in 2017, I'm slowly warming up to it. :D
     
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    The Navy's $864 Million Underwater Drones Still Don't Work

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    The U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship would be ineffective at hunting for mines because an underwater drone made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that’s supposed to find them often fails to work, the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office found.

    While mine-hunting is intended to be the primary combat mission of the ship, the drones required to detect underwater explosive devices from a safe distance have failed 24 times since September 2014, according to Navy test data provided to the Defense Department’s Office of Operational Test & Evaluation.

    Most recently, the drones failed 14 times over 300 hours in a five-month round of preliminary trials at sea that ended Aug. 30, according to the data. Crippled drones were towed to port seven times, and the intense combat testing required for increased purchases has been delayed. The Navy plans to spend $864 million buying 54 drones from Lockheed, the biggest U.S. contractor.

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    Oi! I have faith in the LCS, mine countermeasures package included, but dang if it hasn't and still isn't a bumpy ride:confused:. The ships are progressing nicely, their faults have largely been ironed out, but their missions packages, eek! Much work to be done there.
     
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    The Navy’s newest ship breaks down, limps into port

    ABOARD THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP MILWAUKEE, VIRGINIA CAPES – The littoral combat ship Milwaukee, the Navy’s newest ship, broke down Dec. 11 and had to be towed more than 40 nautical miles to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia.

    The ship suffered an engineering casualty while transiting from Halifax, Canada, to Mayport, Florida, and ultimately its home port of San Diego. The cause is being evaluated by ship’s crew and technical consultants.

    Initial indications are that fine metal debris collected in the lube oil filter caused the system to shut down, according to a Navy statement provided to Navy Times. The cause of the metal debris in the lube oil system is not known and assessments are ongoing.


    More here: http://scoopdeck.navytimes.com/2015/12/12/the-navys-newest-ship-breaks-down-limps-into-port/
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    USNS Grapple tows USS Milwaukee, LCS-5, to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va. on Friday, December 11, 2015. LCS-5 suffered an engine casualty while in transit. (Credit: Mike Morones/Staff
     
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    Pentagon Cuts LCS to 40 Ships, 1 Shipbuilder

    WASHINGTON — The US Navy's fight to buy 52 variants of its littoral combat ship (LCS) from two shipbuilders may have taken a fatal blow this week after the secretary of defense directed the service to cap its buy at 40 ships and pick only one supplier. The directive also orders the Navy to buy only one ship annually over the next four years, down from three per year.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...-lockheed-martin-fincantieri-austal/77452734/
     
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    USS Omaha, the newest member of Navy's fleet

    The ship is the fourth naval vessel to bear the city’s name (Omaha), a chain dating back to the commissioning of a sloop-of-war in 1869. The last USS Omaha was a nuclear attack submarine that served in the Navy from 1978 to 1995.

    It’s the sixth in a line of Independence-class littoral combat ships with a futuristic trimaran design that sits high above the water. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work once compared it to a Klingon Bird of Prey ship in “Star Trek.”


    http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/USS-Omaha-Christened-363040841.html
    http://www.omaha.com/news/military/...cle_60250fac-aa49-5c83-8a56-526aa49ff08e.html
     
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