The Navy's Littoral Combat Ships

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    PEO LCS Barred From Deploying Early Version Of Anti-Sub Mission Package

    The Navy will not be able to send its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package out to sea this year as planned, due to a restriction lawmakers put into the Fiscal Year 2016 funding bill.
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    Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships Rear Adm. Brian Antonio told USNI News last April that the Navy had an advanced development model – an early version of the mission package, prior to engineering to make the system lighter and more easily producible – that had gone out to sea in 2014 and generated “phenomenal” results. Antonio said PEO LCS hoped to get the system back out to sea in 2016 for additional testing and to help familiarize the fleet with the mission package capabilities ahead of mass production and fielding.

    Rest of the article here: http://news.usni.org/2016/01/20/peo...ing-early-version-of-anti-sub-mission-package
     
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    $13 million is a lot of money so its good that it was saved but in the longterm was it worth it? We just lost one year of testing and experience for this anti sub package. Many of our foes navy's rely on subs to counter our superior naval power. By delaying the full testing of this system we are giving up on a counter against our foes main source of naval deterrent. Their subs.

    I don't see how this was a smart decision in any way.:/--0 Maybe our lawmakers thought that this wasn't an important program so they cut it instead of a more publicly known program like the F-35.
     
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    Littoral Combat Ship LCS 11 Sioux City Launch


    MARINETTE, Wis., Jan. 30, 2015 – The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team launched the nation's 11th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Sioux City, into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard today.

    The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Mary Winnefeld, christened Sioux City with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.

    “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Sioux City and to be a part of this major milestone along the way to her assuming her place as part of the great U.S. Navy fleet,” said Mrs. Winnefeld. “I also look forward to an ongoing relationship with her courageous crews and their families throughout the ship's lifetime."

    Following christening and launch, Sioux City will continue to undergo outfitting and testing before delivery to the Navy in early 2017.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/ne...am-launches-future-uss-sioux-city-lcs-11.html
     
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    Mabus: UUV a Future Minehunting Vehicle for Littoral Combat Ship
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    By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus sees an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) as a long-term solution to the need for a reliable minehunting sensor module for the littoral combat ship (LCS).

    Responding to questions from the audience at a Feb. 26 forum at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, Mabus commented on the Navy’s decision to stop production of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), an unmanned, semi-submersible surface vehicle that deploys the AQS-20A sonar for the Remote Minehunting System, a mission module of the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) mission package for the LCS.

     
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    I have read somewhere that later production of these ships will be "heavily armed and armored" and will be re-designated as "Fast Frigates", is this true?
     
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    According to the Congressional Research Service they will be referred to as Frigates.

    "The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate program is a program to procure a large number of LCSs and modified LCSs. The modified LCSs are to be referred to as frigates. "
    https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL33741.pdf


    The Congressional Research Service (CRS), known as Congress's think tank,[3] is a public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works primarily and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Research_Service
     
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    Lockheed Martin-Led Team Awarded Contract to Build LCS 25


    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2016 – The U.S. Navy has awarded the Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)-led industry team a contract for one fully funded Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The contract award includes funding for seaframe construction, systems integration and testing.

    Leveraging savings from its block buy contract, the U.S. Navy exercised an option to build an additional Freedom-class LCS under its current block buy arrangement. LCS 25 will be the 11th ship procured under the 2010 block buy contract and the 13th Freedom-class variant overall. LCS 25 is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2020.

    “We are proud to continue our partnership with the U.S. Navy to build and deliver the capable Freedom-class LCS to the fleet,” said Joe North, vice president and general manager of Littoral Ships and Systems. “Over 12,000 people and 500 suppliers in 37 states contribute to this critical program and will continue to do so as we transition to the new Freedom-class Frigate in the coming years.”

    Under the current 10-ship block buy, costs per ship have dropped significantly to half the cost of the first ships of class and two ships per year are being delivered to the Navy.

    The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-class variant, and has delivered three ships to the U.S. Navy to date. There are seven ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with three more in long-lead production.

    The LCS’s modular design and affordable price achieves increased capacity and capability so the Navy can provide presence where and when needed, with a level of force that will deter and defeat threats. USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth have demonstrated the Freedom-variant’s value to the fleet with two successful operational deployments to Southeast Asia, sailing more than 180,000 combined nautical miles since delivery.

    The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull design is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability. With 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space, the hull is ideally suited to accommodate additional lethality and survivability upgrades.

    Fincantieri Marinette Marine is building the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship in Marinette, Wisconsin, with naval architect Gibbs & Cox of Arlington, Virginia, providing engineering support. The industry team invested over $100 million to modernize the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, hire additional staff and train a new workforce.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/ne...ed-team-awarded-contract-to-build-lcs-25.html
     
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    How many basic LCS designs are being built before the USN is transitioning to an LCS-based light-frigate?
     
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    What!?!? I missed something big, I thought there were only the freedom and independence variants? :confused:

    I'm preparing to look very stupid but it's worth the knowledge. :0?:
     
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