Now this is just getting silly. I didn’t report on the LCS program’s latest failure, the engineering breakdown of USS Freedom which will require a complete diesel engine rebuild or replacement due to salt water in the lube oil and engine. This occurred in mid-July. I didn’t report on it because another LCS failure isn’t even noteworthy anymore.
However, we now learn that USS Coronado has just suffered an engineering casualty while underway from
to the western Pacific for its first deployment to Hawaii . Singapore is now returning to Coronado for damage assessment and repair. Nice start to the deployment! Hawaii
You’ll recall that
suffered an engineering breakdown during her highly
publicized attempt at deployment and sat in Fort Worth for months while the Navy tried to figure out what
to do. The Singapore also suffered an engineering plant failure and had
to be towed back to Milwaukee . Freedom has
suffered multiple engineering casualties in its, so far, ill-fated career. Virginia also suffered engine fires during builder’s trials
in April of 2013. Coronado
These are no longer first of class issues. These are systematic engineering failures across all the LCS vessels that have ventured out to sea. I feel bad even talking about LCS problems because it’s like beating a dead horse – it’s just no fun anymore.
Typically, I offer analysis on whatever I post but there's no analysis needed for this. What a waste of a program. A lot of Navy leaders are losing a lot of credibility over this joke of a ship.