LCS to the Gulf: It’s Official
Earlier this week we reported on the likelihood the USS Freedom LCS-1 will head to the Gulf of Aden for marketing purposes to fight pirates. The Navy is confirming this though we don’t know when, according to Navy Times:
Navy officials in the Pentagon and Fleet Forces Command are studying the possibility that the Navy’s first littoral combat ship, Freedom, could make a short deployment earlier than planned, on the orders of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, the Navy confirmed Friday.
Roughead ordered the studies after Freedom finished the second half of its acceptance trials May 22, Navy spokesman Lt. Clay Doss said.
“The CNO is interested in employing the unique capabilities of this new class of warship as soon as practical, taking into consideration the milestones associated with a first-of-class warship,” Doss told Navy Times.
Navy officials would not say how much earlier Freedom could sail, or where — those are among the details under consideration by the Navy Staff and Fleet Forces.
No secret we are not big fans of this ship as a class, as it is very expensive and overly complicated to fight Third World insurgents in speed boats. Still, we wish ship and crew well whenever they go and sincerely thank them for their service!