15 Apr '12, 4pm

U.S. Navy's LCS Yet to Fulfill Its Promise

U.S. Navy's LCS Yet to Fulfill Its Promise

Throughout its decadelong existence, the littoral combat ship (LCS) program has had one enduring characteristic — promise. Critics have had a field day decrying the U.S. Navy program’s concepts, management and execution, while supporters herald the ship type’s advantages. But eight years after construction began on the first ship, one inarguable fact remains — no LCS has yet been sent on a mission for which it was designed. Public support for LCS remains strong at the top of the Navy. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Adm. Jon Greenert, chief of naval operations (CNO), eagerly and repeatedly proclaimed the new ship’s value during Capitol Hill testimony this spring. “The LCS is one of the backbones of our fleet today and for the future,” Mabus told the Senate on March 7. “These are relevant ships for the relevant future and they resonate with the need out there,” Greenert said a...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120415/DEFREG02/3041...

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