My son builds LCS in Mobile - their version has been flawless compared to Lockheed's version. Non-union built in the South better than union made in Wisconsin...........and Austal in Mobile and San Diego is Australian...... go figure.
+1My son builds LCS in Mobile - their version has been flawless compared to Lockheed's version. Non-union built in the South better than union made in Wisconsin...........and Austal in Mobile and San Diego is Australian...... go figure.
The U.S. Navy littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords deployed Tuesday from San Diego, California, .....
Those missiles are useless when the LCS is at the bottom of the ocean. They put those missiles on the ships to hide the fact that the LCS ships are intended to be sacrificed; let's think about how powerful they could be rather than how vulnerable they really are. I wouldn't want to be stationed on one."........ the LCS from an under-gunned concept ship gone awry........"
Saved by a missile with 100 mile range?
A report in 2010 by the Pentagon's director of Operational Test and Evaluation found that neither design was expected to "be survivable in a hostile combat environment" and that neither ship could withstand the Navy's full ship shock trials.[SUP][/SUP] The Navy responded that the LCS is built to a Level 1+ survivability standard and that the ships will rely on warnings from networks and speed to avoid being hit, or if hit be able to limp to safety.[SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP] Jonathan Greenert said that the crew would "conduct an orderly abandon ship" if their ship was struck by enemy fire, an action that might not be necessary on other vessels in the same circumstances. The ships were designed to minimize vulnerability with modern automated damage control systems to perform its mission, then withdraw from the area under its own power.[SUP][/SUP]The combat abilities of the LCS were said to be "very modest" even before the cancellation of the XM501 Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System.[SUP][/SUP] The Independence variant reportedly has better helicopter facilities and more internal space while the Freedom variant is said to be better able to launch and recover boats in high seas. Admiral Gary Roughead said that a mix of both types would be "operationally advantageous".[SUP][/SUP]
Aerial view of USS Freedom
In April 2012, Chief of Naval Operations Greenert said, "You won't send it into an anti-access area," rather groups of two or three ships are intended to be sent into areas where access is jeopardized to perform missions like minesweeping while under the cover of a destroyer. The LCS main purpose is to take up operations such as patrolling, port visits, anti-piracy, and partnership-building exercises to free up high-end surface combatants for increased combat availability.[SUP][/SUP] Navy Secretary Ray Mabus clarified that the ship could operate in combat areas while under the protection of other warships.[SUP][/SUP] The LCS' utility against high-tech enemies would be when working with and being covered by destroyers, like they do with aircraft carriers. With destroyers providing extended air and missile defense, the cheaper (one-fourth the cost of a destroyer) and more numerous LCS can sweep for mines and deploy more sophisticated submarine detecting sonar. Following the decision to arm the LCS with anti-ship missiles, Navy wargames showed the adversary's risk calculus was radically changed, devoting more reconnaissance assets to trying to locate the smaller ships and sustaining heavier losses.[SUP][/SUP]
The ships are planned to have a 3:2:1 manning concept. That is three ship crews, and two hulls for each ship that is on station at any time. The other ship and other two crews who are not on deployment will either be preparing for deployment or in rotation in or out of theater. The result is a 50% reduction in ships and a 25% reduction in crews (and smaller crew sizes) than traditional deployment practices.[SUP][/SUP] The ships were predicted to fall short in manning.[SUP][/SUP] The Navy has deployed ships with berthing modules in the mission bays in order to carry the crew required for operations.[SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP] However the ships are designed with sufficient headroom to change from 2-high bunking to 3-high bunking, which would allow crew sizes of 100 if needed.[SUP][/SUP]
The LCS is the first USN surface combatant class in a generation to not use the Aegis Combat System, though Aegis-equipped variants have been offered to foreign customers.[SUP][/SUP] They have suffered from problems in their communications and radars and will require refits in these areas.[SUP][/SUP] The LCS is unable to defend themselves effectively against anti-ship cruise missiles, which are commonly employed in the littorals,[SUP][/SUP] but does have survivability via its ability to disperse in shallow waters better than larger warships.[SUP][/SUP]