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LCS to Deploy to the Gulf?

June 10, 2009
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LCS 009This is funny since the subject came up on my recent visit to the Navy’s newest shallow warship, when it docked in Charleston Harbor this week. But first, from the Scoop Deck blog:

A spokesman for Roughead, Capt. Conrad Chun, would not confirm that (Navy CNO Admiral Gary)Roughead had called for an earlier deployment for the Freedom; Chun said he would not respond to anonymous reports on blogs. Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Jennifer Allen also would not comment on the report. Chun did point out that Roughead “has always said LCS is a capability the fleet needs.”

In the post, MOAA blogger Gina DiNicolo speculates that the Navy could benefit politically from an early Freedom deployment, by demonstrating it has too few ships; that the technology in the advanced Freedom is ready to go; and that Congress should continue to buy littoral combat ships.

“Bottom line: The Navy needs money and ships. Send this jet ski-warship into harm’s way now without disaster and cha-ching,” DiNicolo wrote.

So I was speaking with a sailor on the LCS Freedom on Tuesday about when would the USN’s premier “pirate buster” actually be sent to fight the new insurgents at sea. The crewman was very noncommittal with information and didn’t seem to want to talk to me. Would the Freedom’s crew know something they didn’t wish to share with the public? Certainly understandable until they get the nod from higher up.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott B. permalink
    June 12, 2009 7:17 pm

    More budget smokescreen :

    CNO orders study of early LCS-1 deployment

  2. leesea permalink
    June 11, 2009 8:50 pm

    It would be a big mistake to cut short the OT&E of LCS-1 in view of it significantly different concept of operations as well as all the concerns over it inherent capabilities.
    Besides a pirate RPG mighty take it out of action!

  3. west_rhino permalink
    June 11, 2009 3:12 pm

    One is led to ponder its success against a swarming mass of boghammars, absent a string of claymores on the perimeter. Rourke’s Drift doth come to mind as a scenario in a tight 360.

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