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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2017, 12:29:25 AM »
US lawmakers continue scrutiny of LCS warfighting capabilities | IHS Jane's 360 - 26 June 2017
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Congressional leadership again questioned the cost overruns and key warfighting capabilities of the US Navy (USN) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), such as minesweeping, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and speed, and emphasised that the USN "should procure the minimum number of LCS necessary to keep the workforce viable to compete for new frigates".

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Chief of Naval Operation Admiral John Richardson stated on 15 June that the USN was working to "rationalise" the organisation and operation, manning, and force training of the LCS programme, and was also looking to increase the lethality and survivability of the LCS fleet. Adm Richardson also said that LCS is currently capable of its anti-surface warfare mission module that has been delivered and deployed, and that the ASW and MCM mission modules were on track to deliver in time for deployment in the early 2020s.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2017, 11:12:15 PM »
Navy christens, launches 1st ship named for Billings | Navy Times - July 2, 2017
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The Billings is a littoral combat ship with three major missions: finding and disarming mines, defending against attacks by small boats and fighting submarines.

The ship is about 83 percent finished and is scheduled to be handed over to the Navy in 2018.

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel and City Council members Al Swanson, Chris Friedel and Ryan Sullivan also attended the christening.


The christening and launch of the future USS Billings (LCS 15), will move the ship one step closer to joining the U.S. Navy fleet. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2017, 03:05:48 AM »
USS Coronado LCS 4 Hits Target With Harpoon Missile during Training near Guam | Navy Recognition - 22 August 2017
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The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducted a successful live-fire of the harpoon block 1C missile off the coast of Guam Aug 22 striking a surface target at significant distance beyond the ship’s visual range. Coronado’s successful firing of the harpoon over-the-horizon missile system demonstrates the lethality of LCS while deployed overseas.


Philippine Sea (Aug. 22, 2017) A harpoon missile launches from the missile deck of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of Guam. Coronado is on a rotational deployment in U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, patrolling the region's littorals and working hull-to-hull with partner navies to provide U.S. 7th Fleet with the flexible capabilities it needs now and in the future. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb R. Staples/Released) (Photo by MC2 Kaleb R. Staples)

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2017, 09:52:04 PM »
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 9) Acceptance Trials - YouTube video by Lockheed Martin

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The future USS Little Rock’s (LCS 9) acceptance trials were completed in Marinette, Wisconsin, Aug. 25. The five-day, U.S. Navy-led trials featured a comprehensive array of tests designed to demonstrate performance of the ship’s propulsion plant, handling and auxiliary systems. Completion of the trials marks the last major milestone before LCS 9 is delivered to the Navy


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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2017, 08:42:04 PM »
Curtiss-Wright Selected By Raytheon to Provide Sonar Handling System for US Navy LCS | Navy Recognition - 22 September 2017
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Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it has been selected by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to provide its innovative winch system technology for use in a new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) for the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class. Raytheon recently announced that it had been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop the VDS, a mission-critical anti-submarine warfare asset that will be deployed from the LCS to locate and track submarines. Curtiss-Wright joins Raytheon's agile, dedicated team of industry experts committed to advancing the design to a full Pre-Production Test Article, expected to be complete in late 2018.


Curtiss-Wright will provide the handling system for the VDS of the Littoral Combat Ships - Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package. Curtiss Wright image.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2018, 08:04:52 AM »
Changes to LCS mission equipment coming in FY19 budget | Defense news
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Arlington, Va. — During the fiscal 2019 budget release, the U.S. Navy will unveil changes to the number of “mission modules” it will procure for Freedom- and Independence-class littoral combat ships, a program official said Thursday.

The three LCS mission modules contain a number of weapons, sensors and unmanned systems used for missions related to surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare. Any changes to the existing programs of record could spell out millions of dollars for the companies manufacturing those products.

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Decreasing or increasing the number of mission packages could have major implications for a wide array of weapon systems. Some, like Lockheed Martin’s Hellfire missile (included in the surface warfare module), are widely used across the military. However, others — like Textron’s common unmanned surface vehicle and General Dynamics’ Knifefish underwater drone hunter — would be greatly impacted by the Navy’s decision.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2018, 09:09:08 AM »
U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Manchester LCS 14 | Navy Recognition - 02 March
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Austal delivered the seventh vessel in the Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) class to the U.S. Navy. The future USS Manchester is the second LCS delivered to the Navy by Austal in less than six months, following the USS Omaha (LCS 12) commissioning, which took place in San Diego earlier this year.

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Six LCS remain under construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard and I am confident Austal will continue to deliver these vessels with the efficiency and reliability we have become known for,” Mr Singleton said.

Assembly is underway on Cincinnati (LCS 20) and Kansas City (LCS 22) and modules for Oakland (LCS 24) and Mobile (LCS 26) are under construction. Construction on LCS 28, recently named Savannah and LCS 30, recently named Canberra is to begin later this year.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2018, 07:53:17 AM »
LCS Coastal Mine Reconnaissance module completes developmental testing | Janes - 16 March 2018
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The Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) programme successfully completed developmental testing (DT) recently off the coast of southern California aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-class version of the LCS.

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The CMR mission module includes the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle with its mission control system (MCS), the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system with the airborne payload subsystem, and the post-mission analysis subsystem, supporting software and support containers.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2018, 05:58:52 AM »
US Navy completes sea tests for lightweight LCS torpedo defence mission module | Janes - 04 May 2018
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The LWT employs an underwater acoustic projector deployed from the ship's stern on a tow cable to defend ships against wake-homing, acoustic homing, and wire-guided enemy torpedoes. The system is significantly lighter in weight than the current Nixie system and has a different tow profile, making it ideally suited for small combatant warships operating in littoral environments.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2018, 03:18:58 AM »
Kelvin Hughes to Supply SharpEye Radar Sensors for LCS & MMSC Vessels | Navy Recognition - 21 May 2018
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Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, has been selected by bridge integrator OSI Maritime Systems Ltd (OSI) to supply a number of SharpEye™ solid-state naval radar sensors for installation on board Lockheed Martin's LCS 27 and four LCS-based Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) vessels for Saudi Arabia.

Working closely with OSI, Kelvin Hughes is providing the X band and S Band SharpEye™ sensors for integration into an IMO-approved OSI Bridge and Navigation system.


Scale model of Royal Saudi Navy MMSC on Lockheed Martin stand during SNA 2018. Photo taken from navyrecognition.com

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2018, 02:40:09 PM »
USN acquires three more LCSs, considers more buys | Janes - 20 September 2018
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As expected, the US Navy (USN) signed deals to buy three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) under fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) funding. However, the service will not release the price for the ships because it is considering acquiring additional ships through the FY 2019 budget.

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Re: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2018, 10:27:06 AM »
US Navy names LCS 29 | Shephard Media - 11th October 2018 - 15:30 GMT
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The future USS Beloit, LCS 29, will be constructed by Lockheed Martin with Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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The navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCS vessels to date. Including recent contract modifications, a total of 32 LCS have been procured with ten ships under construction.