Littoral Combat Ship ready for first overseas deployment – Navy – Stripes

The Navy’s USS Freedom will set sail for Singapore on March 1, the inaugural overseas trip for the beleaguered Littoral Combat Ship program.

During its eight-month deployment, the Freedom will conduct maritime security operations as well as participate in international exhibitions and exercises, according to a Navy announcement last week.

“USS Freedom is ready for her deployment,” said Naval Surface Force spokesman Lt. Rick Chernitzer said in January. “This deployment will not only put USS Freedom through her paces in an operational environment, but will also allow the Navy to see which areas are strong and which areas require improvement.

via Littoral Combat Ship ready for first overseas deployment – Navy – Stripes.

What’s the over/under on a major engineering casualty… between San Dog and Singapore?

3 thoughts on “Littoral Combat Ship ready for first overseas deployment – Navy – Stripes”

  1. I’d worry more about storm damage, fuel capacity (lots of UNREPS) and problems in the Straits of Singapore.

    I’d bet Engineering got the closest look pre-deployemnt. Those engines and the auxiliary / ancillary equipment are pretty robust these days. JMHO.

  2. The Navy’s Fleet Tugs need excersises, too, this will allow them to practice long distance towing.

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