Keep it or throw it away?


This is a United States Navy vessel that many people have opinions about and not all of those opinions are positive. The Littoral combat ship caused controversyBut a US Navy admiral wants warships deployed in the Western Pacific to include the East and South China Seas, an area China patrols frequently. If the Commander of Navy Surface Forces has his way, there will be six Freedom-class coastal warships operating in these waters at some point over the next few years.

Vice Admiral Roy Kitchener, Commander Naval Surface Forces, said: “In the Indy class, we continue to deploy them to the Western Pacific – trying to maintain that 3.0 presence there and increase it to about six here in a few years. try.” told USNINews.

Naval Strike Missile is a redeeming feature

Since the Independence class is equipped with naval strike missiles, Kitchener thinks the Littoral class ships will be relevant. The USS Mobile, a Freedom-class maritime combat ship, installed a naval strike missile in April, Naval strike missile aims to destroy enemy ships and support sailors and soldiers conducting amphibious missions. It has a 500 pound warhead with a programmable fuse and a range of over 100 nautical miles.

But the ships show cracks

The Freedom class suffered from a number of design flaws over the years. There are 13 Freedom-class coastal warships in service. The Navy confirmed in May that the USS Omaha suffered structural damage. At least six of the Freedom-class ships have similar flaws, including cracks in their hulls., The Navy believes that these issues do not threaten the safety of any sailor. The issues were first identified on the USS Coronado in 2019. The Navy plans to retire Coronado.

The cracks occur in the “most stressed areas of the structure” [del buque]The Navy Times also noted that “cracks can develop if ships travel at sea speeds greater than 15 knots, with a maximum wave height of approximately eight feet.”

it can become a mess

The ship’s deck plating and deck plating will be restored with thicker material. It won’t be an easy process and will likely affect ship performance, according to retired naval officer Bradley Martin, who is now a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation.

“Removing deck plating and deck plating cannot be done outside of high availability and otherwise it will increase the weight of the boat which will probably slow it down. This is really a huge bad deal for this class of ships. As it sounds,” Martin told the Navy Times.

(August 19, 2015) Coastal warship USS Fort Worth (LCS3) rendezvous with Royal Malaysian Navy ships as part of Cooperation Fleet Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2015. Kairat is a series of annual bilateral exercises. United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (US Navy photo/Released by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop)

put them out of service

apart from the crown The Navy also retired the lead ship of the class: the USS Independence, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, believes that savings could be generated by the withdrawal of a combat ship ashore which could be sent to other ships likely to respond to calls against China. This idea is called “divest to invest”. Gilday thought the retired shore ships had maintenance problems and aging radar and weapons systems. The Littoral Combat Ship also had problems with combined gear at the engineering plant.

Curiously, the chief of naval operations wants to shut down coastal combat ships, while the vice admiral in charge of the navy’s surface fleet plans to use them in the Indo-Pacific in the coming years.

lack of consensus

Congress will be the final arbiter on the ships’ future, but lawmakers disagree on the way forward for littoral combat ships. Pursuant to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act this year, three separate subcommittees of the House’s top Armed Services Committee blocked the Navy from shutting down five coastal combat ships. However, some Democrats on the committee want the ship removed. California Congressman Jackie Spear gave a presentation with a graphic titled “Ships Cracked by Leaks” which included a photo of each Littoral Combat Ship with a lemon to illustrate the lack of shipbuilding quality.

Navy and Legislature Give Contrasting Signs on Future of Littoral Combat Ships, It is unclear what the future of these ships will be. For one thing, the more warships the navy has, the better. On the other hand, faulty ships that could save money with your retirement would be a good way to channel the savings into other programs. The debate will continue in Washington until further guidance on naval strategy emanates from the White House. The president’s national security strategy, due out this month, will finally be released after much delay and should bring clarity to a murky situation.


Comments are closed.