ComNavOps was going to do a summary of the LCS status based on the DOT&E report but what’s the point? Seriously, you all know the problems. Sure, there’s some new ones like cracking of support beams after exposure to heavy weather but at this point, what’s a few more problems?
Given that the ship has been in development and under construction for nearly a decade, now, the status of the ship, itself, is horrible. Worse, is the status of the mission modules.
The ASuW module is impotent with 30 mm guns that have on-going reliability problems and a 57 mm gun that is inoperable at speed (well, it operates – it just can’t hit anything due to excessive vibration).
The ASW module has been scaled back to existing technology (none of the promised revolutionary technology), has no ship-mounted ASW weapons, and because of the ship’s self-noise will be ineffective.
The MCM module simply doesn’t work.
If you really want to read all the gory details, check out the 2014 Annual Report from Director, Operational Testing & Evaluation.