As the Navy prepares to field its Littoral Combat Ship in numbers as well as transition the acquisition system from block buys of LCSs into the new frigate program, both the fleet and two shipbuilders are working to plot a path forward. Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The future of the Littoral Combat Ship/frigate program is still far from decided with the split between factions spilling into a Tuesday Senate hearing. Read More
The Navy is doing “the best we can do for the dollars we have” but has developed its attack submarine acquisition plan, cruiser modernization plan and Littoral Combat Ship/frigate downselect plan based on funding shortfalls rather than strategic needs, Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee. Read More
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PENTAGON — The Department of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2017 lower-than-expected budget submission follows closely with an overall Department of Defense drive to build higher end warfighting capabilities — but at a cost, according to budget documents released on Tuesday. Read More
The sixth littoral combat ship – USS Jackson (LCS-6) – was commissioned on Saturday in a ceremony in Gulfport, Miss. Read More
The following are highlights from the Nov. 21, 2015 commissioning ceremony of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5). The ship is the third Lockheed Martin Freedom-class LCS built at the Marinette Marine shipyard and will be home-ported in San Diego, California. Read More
The Navy’s 6th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) has completed its last set of trials ahead of delivery to Military Sealift Command, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) annouced on Monday. Read More
The Navy has accepted the third Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship Milwaukee (LCS-5) in a Friday ceremony, the service announced. Read More
A previous version of this post indicated the prime contractor for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Jackson was General Dynamics when it was in fact Austal USA. General Dynamics was the prime contractor for the first two Independence-class ships, not the first four. Jackson is the first Independence-class LCS with Austal as the prime contractor.
The Littoral Combat Ship Jackson (LCS-6) has completed its acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a planned delivery to the Navy later this summer, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on Tuesday. Read More
Shipbuilder Austal USA laid the keel of the seventh Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) at its Mobile, Ala. yard, the company announced on Monday. Read More