There seems to be good news and bad news for the Navy’s long-suffering littoral combat ship (LCS) program. The good news is that the USS Freedom (LCS-1) has finally undertaken a long-term deployment, arriving at Singapore for several months of forward-area operations.
The Freedom previously operated for a short period with the 4th Fleet in the Caribbean, taking part in several drug seizures in 2010, and participated in the Rim of the Pacific exercise that year. Following those operations, the Freedom underwent extensive maintenance and modification to correct material problems. Also, additional accommodations were installed as it became obvious that the core crew of 40 was too small to maintain a warship of almost 3,000 tons.