First Littoral Combat Ship to Deploy in March

Story Number: NNS130222-10Release Date: 2/22/2013 3:03:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jen Blake, Defense Media Activity - Navy

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- During a media availability Feb. 21, Navy officials announced the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on track to begin its first deployment March 1.

This milestone was announced by the LCS Council, a group established by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert Aug. 22, to oversee continued fleet testing and the introduction of the LCS.

"Addressing challenges identified by these studies, on the timeline we require, necessitates the establishment of an empowered council to drive the action across acquisition, requirements and fleet enterprises of the Navy," said Greenert.

The output of the council is intended to assist in maximizing the expansive potential capabilities of LCS and its associated mission packages in global fleet operations for the joint warfighter.

"I am confident we are on a path of success for LCS," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "This council will continue to unify our efforts to implement operational lessons learned from our research and development ships to further ensure successful fleet integration."

LCS ships are designed to employ mission packages that address capability gaps in the areas of surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. Due to its modular design, each LCS ship can be reconfigured to perform one of those three distinct missions in a short period of time.

Freedom's deployment will demonstrate her operational capabilities, and allow the LCS Council to evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans.

The ship will operate forward from Singapore and spend eight months in theater conducting maritime security operations, participate in international exhibitions and exercises to highlight U.S. strategic intent in the region, and reassure U.S. partners through bilateral and multilateral interoperability.

2/23/2013 12:06:00 PM
Didn't the Navy announce on Feb 16 2010 that the LCS Freedom was departing Florida on her maiden voyage to San Diego? Serving both in AOR 4 and 3?

2/22/2013 10:33:00 PM
Good evening ALL, This is Don Murdoch of Portland Oregon. I served USNR 1955-1962. My Ship USS McGINTY (DE-365) 1958-1962 part of the large callup of West Coast USNR D.E.'s for the berlin Crisis under President JFK. Proud to serve then, proud to serve today! I support the 21st century LCS Ships, the "Destroyer-Escort of the 20th century!" GO NAVY GO!! Supportive Shipmate, Don P.S. Have a great and safe deployment USS FREEDOM (LCS-1) !!

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The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs San Diego on its way to conduct sea trials following a month-long dry dock availability.
130221-N-ZZ999-005 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 21, 2013) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs San Diego on its way to conduct sea trials following a month-long dry dock availability. Freedom, the lead ship of the Freedom variant of LCS, is expected to deploy to southeast Asia this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Chris Kotz/Released)
February 22, 2013
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