SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- On Sept. 13, littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) experienced two unrelated casualties within a 24-hour period while transiting from Mobile, Alabama, to her homeport of San Diego.
The ship will conduct a brief stop for fuel at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and will then sail to Naval Station Mayport, Florida, under its own power to conduct warranty repairs.
The first casualty happened when the crew detected a seawater leak in the hydraulic cooling system. Later that day, Montgomery experienced a casualty to one of its gas turbine engines.
The built-in redundancy of the ship's propulsion plant allows these ships to operate with multiple engine configurations. However, with the two casualties resulting in the loss of both port shafts, it was determined the best course of action would be to send the ship to Mayport to conduct both repairs.
Montgomery will conduct repairs in Mayport and continue her transit to San Diego.
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