The LCS USS
just completed shock trials. Here’s the Navy’s statement about the results
of the trial. Jackson
“The ship performed exceptionally well, sustaining minimal damage and returned to port under her own power.” (1)
On the other hand, there’s this.
through the tests better than expected, according to several sources, and the
Navy noted damage was not severe as some models had forecast. The Navy had
planned a two-month repair period to address the damages, but in the event the
work was completed in less than six weeks.” (2) Jackson
Six weeks to repair damage from a blast detonated around 100 yards from the ship seems a bit excessive but, to be fair, I don’t know what typical shock testing damage is to any ship. This seems excessive but perhaps it’s not. Maybe someone out there has some experience with this kind of testing and can tell us about it?
The repairs were conducted by LCS manufacturer Austal under a repair contract from the Navy.
“The work was led by Austal
, the ship’s
builder, working under an $11.2 million contract awarded in late June
specifically to address anticipated post-shock trial repair issues. The ship
was dry docked at BAE Systems in USA , Jacksonville , Florida said, and
was completed “within the overall funding of the awarded contract.” Kent
That’s $11.2M of repair work from a not very near blast. Again, it seems excessive.
Now, here’s an interesting item. It appears from the video of the test that the
had the Mk110 57mm gun removed for the test. I have no idea why that would be done. Isn’t the point of the test to find out about
the shock resistance of every piece of equipment on the ship? Is this standard practice? I wonder what else was removed? Again, does anyone out there know anything
about this? Jackson
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As you know, the Navy has a slight tendency to put a gargantuanly positive spin on even the worst incidents. Before I pass judgment on whether the LCS performed well or not, I’ll wait to hear what DOT&E has to say.
(1)DoDBuzz website, “VIDEO: Littoral Combat Ship Withstands Wallops at Sea”, Brendan McGarry,
(2)Defense News website, “LCS Jackson Completes Repairs, Is Back at Sea”, Christopher Cavas,