We’re coming up on the 8 year anniversary of the start of construction of USS Independence, LCS-2, which was laid down on
19-Jan-2006 and the 4 year anniversary of the ship’s commissioning on 16-Jan-2010.
Here’s a list of the ship’s deployments:
On a related note, PCU Coronado, LCS-4, was laid down on
17-Dec-2009 and is scheduled to be commissioned in April of 2014. Four and a half years to get a corvette size ship built and into the Navy?
Also on a related note, we’re coming up on 8 years since construction of the LCSs started and 6 years since the first LCS, USS Freedom, was commissioned. There are currently 24 LCSs built, building, or under contract. So far, there are no functional mission modules and no LCS has conducted a deployment related to their intended missions. The LCS class generates an amazing amount of attention for a class that has accomplished nothing and currently has no capability – of course, that’s probably the reason for the attention!