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LCS to the Gulf: It’s Official

June 13, 2009
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USS_Freedom_(LCS_1)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!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. leesea permalink
    June 14, 2009 10:43 pm

    Remember the discussions over on Galrahns site about crew size and accomodations?
    Inside the Navy has a headline saying the Navy is adding 18 sailors in VBSS teams onboard. Maybe they will chase the pirates?~

  2. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 14, 2009 6:54 am

    You said it badbear! The Navy’s latest Ferrari!

  3. badbear permalink
    June 13, 2009 10:56 pm

    What a GIMMICK deployment. The CNO should be ashamed. Pressing military need my a$$.

  4. Scott B. permalink
    June 13, 2009 3:54 pm

    Gene Taylor doesn’t seem to bite the bait.

    From Taylor’s opening statement during the Seapower Subcommittee Mark-Up of National Defense Authorization Act for FY2010, June 12, 2009 :

    “Therefore, this mark proposes to re-structure the cost cap to allow for a total procurement cost of $460 million per vessel. The contractor can take it or leave it. As Chairman, I will not propose one penny more. If the contractors take it, fine; we build ships and get the mine-hunting capability the CNO needs for the fleet.

    If the contractors do not take it, the proposal would direct the Secretary to use the funds authorized to compile a technical data design package that could be bid to other contractors who might take it. No more games on this program, no more promises. Build ships for a fair price or not, that is the deal on the table.”

  5. leesea permalink
    June 13, 2009 1:12 pm

    One word: Showboating

  6. June 13, 2009 9:56 am

    am I the only one who thinks it looks like the F117?

    Alex

  7. Scott B. permalink
    June 13, 2009 8:44 am

    Two words : Budget Smokescreen.

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