Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Under Fire From Senate

Seven years into the roll out of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) the growth pains continue. The design, function, and reliability are all under not-so-friendly fire from Senators. The recent engineering failures, while acceptable in new ship design, have brought closed scrutiny to the whole program. The ability to survive in combat and missions that should be assigned do not seem to be marrying up with this highly touted ship. There appears to be an issue of over promising and under preforming in this ship program. This has brought Congressional oversight into play as you can read here.

U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Nicholas Kontodiakos - http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=83743
U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Nicholas Kontodiakos – http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=83743

Senators McCain, Reed Blast Littoral Combat Ship Development in Letter to Navy Leaders

As Written By Sam LaGrone, News USNI:

The senior leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) took aim at almost every aspect of the Littoral Combat Ship program in letter issued last week to the heads of the U.S. Navy.

Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) spring boarded off a critical report of LCS — included in the Office of Development Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) annual report — to criticize the seaframe, the ship’s eventual development into a heavily armored frigate and the progress of the mission packages the ship’s will field, according to the letter obtained by USNI News.

“We are particularly concerned with the report’s assessment of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and its associated mission packages. More than seven years after the first LCS was delivered, the report makes clear the program remains mired in testing delays with an unclear path ahead,” read the Feb. 5 letter addressed to Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
“We seldom hear from Navy leaders about these challenges and the path to achieving full operational capability. Instead, Navy leaders seem to be promoting the warfighting capabilities of the LCS.”

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