Littoral Combat Ship Program

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From Defence News.com:

New LCS Executive Office To Be Created
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The offices that manage the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) program are to be combined under one executive, according to a Navy official, bringing together the ship and mission module development efforts for one of the service's largest ship construction programs.
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=6410706&c=AME&s=SEA
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

SECDEF Thanks Sailors of USS Independence
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MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates held an all hands call with Sailors stationed on board the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during a visit May 6.

The small community of 50 Sailors gathered around Gates as he answered questions and addressed their concerns about the ship and its future in the Navy.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60225
 
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From Defence News.com:

Former PEO Ships Named U.S. Shipyard Chief
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Chuck Goddard, a former program executive officer for ships (PEO Ships) for the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), has been named president and chief executive of Wisconsin-based Marinette Marine, builders of the LCS 1 Freedom-class littoral combat ships (LCS).
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=6816679&c=SEA&s=TOP
 
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From Wired:

Plenty of Blame to Go Around for ‘Disappearing’ Warship
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Austal, America’s newest warship-builder, is still scrambling to recover from the late-June revelation that the USS Independence, the Littoral Combat Ship it just built for the U.S. Navy, is “aggressively”￾ disintegrating.

But the shipbuilder probably isn’t the only party at fault in the case of the disappearing warship.
More at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/07/plenty-of-blame-to-go-around-for-disappearing-warship/

Comment: Inexcusable. It's not as if the Navy and shipbuilders alike were unaware of the problems which go with dissimilar metals exposed to salt water!
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy Establishes Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy established the Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS), during a ceremony at Washington Navy Yard, July 11.

"The littoral combat ship is a critical shipbuilding program and demands the very best skill and effort from government and industry teams," said Asst. Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Sean J. Stackley in a memo establishing the new PEO.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=61525
 
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From The Navy Times:

7 senators question certifications for LCS
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., long has been a critic of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program. In Senate hearings last December and this spring, he lambasted Navy leaders for a series of problems with the LCS and decried the pressure put on Congress late last year to permit the Navy to change course and buy both, rather than only one, of the LCS variants.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/07/navy-lcs-senators-question-qualifications-071311w/

Comment: With money about to get really tight, the Navy had best get it's act together and make these people happy. It won't take much to get Congress to kill the whole program.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy Tests LCS Minesweeping System
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy announced the successful completion of shore-based and at-sea integrated system tests on the prototype Unmanned Influence Sweep System, July 20, at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, in Panama City, Fla.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=61707
 
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From Defence News.com:

U.S. Navy Gets a New LCS Program Chief
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The U.S. Navy's effort to develop and field the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) got more focused after the July 11 establishment of a single program executive office that combined ship and mission module development efforts under a single leader. Rear Adm. James Murdoch, a previous director of the LCS ship development office, is the new PEO LCS, returning after about a year of working on fleet maintenance.
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=7196793&c=AME&s=SEA
 
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From Defence News:

Corrosion Issue Won't Sink LCS: Top DoD Buyer
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The U.S. Navy takes corrosion issues affecting its new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) "very seriously," Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter told Congress on Aug. 2, but the service believes that the widely-reported problems "in no way threaten the viability of this ship class, and the cost of the Navy's mitigation measures is affordable."
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=7281264&c=SEA&s=TOP
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Construction Begins on Future USS Jackson
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MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- The Navy authorized the first cutting of aluminum for the sixth littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6), at Austal's Modular Manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 1.

The "first cut" is a significant ship construction milestone, signifying the ship's progression from design drawings to the beginning of a tangible form.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=61989