Navy's Littoral Combat Ship Issues

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  1. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    I would be curious to hear informed opinions on this issue. Starting to sound similar to the F35 program.

    "After 16 years and billions of dollars, the Navy may have finally acknowledged that its Littoral Combat Ship program looks like a miserable failure.

    The service "may not" deploy any of the dozen small surface combatants this year despite officials'
    previous plans to deploy several to join the 7th and 5th Fleets in Singapore and Bahrain respectively, the U.S. Naval Institute first reported on April 11."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/us-navy-littoral-combat-ship-problems-2018-4

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/29/third-freedom-class-lcs-breaks-down-in-12-months.html
     
  2. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    There are many issues with the LCS program and unfortunately, hyperbolic reporting is one of them. I can assure you that LCS's do not cost $1.8 B per ship.
    The Navy made some huge mistakes in setting up the requirements for LCS and compounded them by making continual changes even as the ships were under constructing causing constant rework of already built sections, etc. The early promise of a fast but lightly defended ship to do some of the nations business has been largely muddied by the realities of a (far) too small crew and necessary Mission Modules that quite frankly went too far with technology risk and have been delayed over and over again.
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    The engineering issues listed sound bad but are no worse than what other ship classes experience early in their service lives.
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    Bottom Line, as an experienced Surface Warfare Officer, I would not consider them to be a miserable failure but nor are they a rousing success. How and where they will end up being used will evolve over time and how successful they are will be more easily determined 10-20 years from now.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Thank you @OldRetSWO for the perspective. I wondered if this was a "mission creep" issue. As I reflected on the new platform roll out I wondered how this compared to previous roll outs. I guess none of them go smoothly at the beginning.