Tag Archives: Independence-class

NAVSEA: Extending Surface Ship Service Lives Could Speed Up 355-Ship Buildup By 10-15 Years

NAVSEA: Extending Surface Ship Service Lives Could Speed Up 355-Ship Buildup By 10-15 Years

The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) enters dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at San Diego Ship Repair on May 19, 2017. US Navy photo.

The Navy could reach a 355-ship fleet 10 to 15 years faster than current plans allow if it extended the service life of today’s surface ships by five or 10 years each, effectively cutting in half the time it would take to complete the fleet buildup, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command said today. Read More

Navy Says LCS Shock Trials Had Positive Results; Pentagon Still Has Concerns

Navy Says LCS Shock Trials Had Positive Results; Pentagon Still Has Concerns

USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo.

USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Full ship shock trials on both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship proved the ships are survivable and will only need “relatively minor modifications,” according to Navy written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, but the Pentagon’s top operational tester warned in his written testimony that the shocks were performed at reduced severity due to concerns about excessive damage to the ships. Read More

Opinion: LCS Ready Today to Support Tomorrow’s Automated Warfare Systems

Opinion: LCS Ready Today to Support Tomorrow’s Automated Warfare Systems

Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by the littoral combat ship USS Coronado's (LCS 4) twin-boom-extensible crane following a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by the littoral combat ship USS Coronado’s (LCS 4) twin-boom-extensible crane following a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

The path to a 350-ship fleet supported by President-elect Donald Trump will not be any easy one in the face of continued sequestration. Read More

LCS USS Montgomery Arrives in San Diego After Delays

LCS USS Montgomery Arrives in San Diego After Delays

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego on Nov. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego on Nov. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) arrived at its new homeport in San Diego following a dealy due to engine problems, getting hit by a tug boat and colliding with a lock in the Panama Canal, the service announced last week. Read More

UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) during sea trials. Austal USA Photo

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) during sea trials. Austal USA Photo

This story has been updated with additional information from the Navy. An earlier version of this post indicated the casualty occurred on Sept. 15 when it in fact occurred on Sept. 13.

THE PENTAGON — Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) suffered two unrelated engineering casualties during a transit in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading to Florida for repairs, the Navy told USNI News on Friday. Read More

Results of New LCS Review is Departure from Original Vision

Results of New LCS Review is Departure from Original Vision

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) participates in a combined formation of U.S. and Bangladesh naval ships during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2015 in the Bay of Bengal on Oct. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) participates in a combined formation of U.S. and Bangladesh naval ships during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2015 in the Bay of Bengal on Oct. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – A recently completed review of how the Navy intends to man, train and equip the two variants of its Littoral Combat Ships is a departure from the more than decade-old original vision of the class. Read More