You recall the recent post about the damaged LCS (two engineering failures within 24 hours), USS Montgomery, LCS-8, being damaged again (hull crack from banging into a tug - see, "Damaged LCS Damaged Again")? Well, astoundingly, it’s been damaged yet again. The ship ran into a wall in the
Panama Canal and suffered a foot and half long hull crack.
My concern with these events is the flimsy strength of the hull being exhibited by the LCS-2 variant. The ship bumps into a tug (isn’t that what tugs do?) and suffers a hull crack. The ship bumps into a lock wall (not the first ship to do that!) and suffers a hull crack. What does this say about the class’ ability to absorb battle damage? I could understand dented hull plating but actual hull cracks from nothing more than “routine” bumps? What’s going to happen when the ship bumps into an anti-ship missile?
How's that aluminum construction working out?
If the Montgomery doesn't stop bumping into things it's going to fall apart from all the cracks.
I’ve received consistent, though officially unverifiable, reports of the lightness of construction of these ships and every incident like this just serves to confirm those reports.
This is what we consider a "warship"?
This does not bode well.
“USNI News website, “Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Damaged Transiting Panama Canal”, Sam LaGrone,