The LCS has weathered some controversial heavy seas in the past—some real, some perceived—but the program is still a major player in the U.S. Navy’s immediate future.
If you are a regular reader of Proceedings , you have undoubtedly heard about the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Before assuming duties as the director of Surface Warfare, I heard a lot, too—some good and some not. As the USS Freedom (LCS-1) continues her preparations to station forward in Singapore next spring and more LCSs are entering the Fleet, it is time to take a fix and communicate the way ahead. The LCS has experienced some challenges, but context is essential when debating the merits of this program.