Workers put the finishing touches on the camouflage paint for the littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS-3) as she prepares to leave dry dock. "Some 12 years after the program was initiated, no complete mission modules are yet available for the LCS."
The U.S. Navy’s leadership is making a full-court press to “save” the littoral combat ship (LCS). Twenty of the vessels are in service or under construction, with a total LCS force of 52 ships now planned. Some of the justification put forward for the LCS includes its “produceability” and its “utility.” For example, in the June issue of Proceedings, Commanders Dale Heinken and Jeff Miller state that it took 14 years for the first ship of the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class to be delivered, while three littoral combat ships were delivered within 12 years of the program’s initiation.1 The USS Arleigh Burke was commissioned in July 1991; going back 14 years is 1977.
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