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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:29 am 
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A belated update from last month:

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Keel laid for 25th US Navy littoral combat ship Marinette (LCS 25)
Fincantieri Marinette Marine has hosted a keel-laying ceremony for the US Navy’s future littoral combat ship USS Marinette (LCS 25).
During a March 27 ceremony in which the beginning of the ship’s construction was formally marked, the ship’s sponsor Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, had her initials welded into the ship’s keel plate.
LCS 25 will be the first US Navy ship to bear the name Marinette, and is named to recognize the town’s significant contributions to navy shipbuilding.
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House, Senate Defense Bills Tough on Littoral Combat Ship Programs
By: Ben Werner
June 13, 2019 7:51 PM
The Navy is ready to sunset littoral combat ship production and three of four congressional defense committees appear happy to oblige through restrictive policies and funding authorizations.

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members included language prohibiting the use of funds to extend the LCS program except in a couple of specific and short-term instances, in their version of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, released Wednesday.

As for the existing LCS fleet, the White House FY 2020 budget asked for $388.1 million for mission modules. However, the House Appropriations Committee authorized $327 million, cutting the amount of money for the LCS mine countermeasures and common mission module equipment packages.
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Another LCS joins the fleet:

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Navy Launches Combat Ship USS Minneapolis-St. Paul
17 Jun 2019
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MARINETTE, Wis. — A shipyard on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan was for one day crowded with Minnesotans who showed up Saturday to watch the launch of the U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, named in honor of the Twin Cities.
The USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was dropped sideways into the water Saturday at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of Green Bay. The ship is designed to be fast and agile in order to conduct missions close to shore.(...SNIPPED)

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Hellfires on a warship? I wasn't aware there was a version that could be fired from platforms other than the US Army's Apache helos or the USAF's Reaper drones:

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U.S. Navy completes Army’s Hellfire missile tests on Littoral Combat Ship
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The littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7)launches a Longbow Hellfire Missile during structural test firing (STF) off the coast of Norfolk, Va. STF is part of the developmental test program for the Surface to Surface Missile Module. Photo by the U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy successfully completed structural testing of the Longbow Hellfire missile for the Littoral Combat Ship Surface-to-Surface Missile Module.
Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile system, designated the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the Navy’s fleet of littoral combat ships. SSMM utilizes the Army Longbow Hellfire Missile in a vertical launch capability to counter small boat threats.
The U.S. Naval Institute News agency reported that the Navy has finished testing needed to confirm that the Hellfire can safely operate on the Littoral Combat Ship, and the missile will go out on a ship deployment later this year.
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Yay! Now the LCS has the combat capability of a Apache helicopter!

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That's a bit desperate isn't it? Maybe the USN needs to get itself some of those small boats instead of buying more of the useless LCS's?

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LCSs are also starting to mount the much larger Naval Strike Missiles in front of the bridge: https://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=292590

A rather ad-hoc arrangement, and I expect them to carry a full suite of eight missiles when ready. Combined with the Hellfires, that'll give the ships a potentially greater anti-surface warfare capability than some of the Burkes - not all of the latter have Harpoons and must resort to using their Standard Missiles for the antishipping role.


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Yes, the LCS get the NSM for anti-ship missions. That means instead of the original module, which could only used to fight small boats, now a proper anti-ship ability is added. The Hellfire is part of the original idea to fight swarms of small boats. In my opinion not really a realistic scenario. The only state which has such boats, Iran, also has much more capable ships, land-based anti-ship missiles, aircraft etc.

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The next LCS will be the USS Indianapolis:

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New USS Indianapolis Commissioning Set for Indiana Port
23 Jul 2019
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BURNS HARBOR, Ind. — The Navy is planning to commission its new USS Indianapolis combat vessel at a northwestern Indiana port this fall.

The ceremony marking the ship's entry into the Navy's active fleet is set for Oct. 26 at Burns Harbor along Lake Michigan. It is the fourth military vessel carrying the Indianapolis name.

The second USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945 while returning from a Pacific island where it delivered key components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Only 317 of its nearly 1,200 crewmen survived the sinking and days in shark-infested waters.

The ship was built at a Marinette, Wisconsin, shipyard and will be based near Jacksonville, Florida. It is a Freedom-class littoral ship designed to be highly maneuverable for missions such as mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare.

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ASW? Does the Freedom Class have a bow sonar?

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No, only a AN/SQR-20 towed array sonar as part of the ASW module - if that information is on Wikipedia is correct. They probably also not have a very silent hull and propulsion (but a raceboat hull).

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I was sort of joking, but thanks for the confirmation. :)

The LCS is really a ridiculous thing.... please USN, kill it before it steals all the money for anything useful!

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This brings the number of Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships to 8 commissioned/completed so far.

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Navy to Commission Newest Littoral Combat Ship on Saturday
2 Aug 2019
Florida Keys Keynoter | By Gwen Filosa
The Navy will commission its newest warship, the USS Billings, on Aug. 3 in Key West, Florida. A ceremony at Naval Air Station Key West's Truman Harbor is expected to draw 2,000 people.
The 10 a.m. ceremony is open to the public, but tickets are required and they ran out last month.
Everyone entering the base must show a ticket, along with a valid state or federal-issued photo identification at the gate.
If you can't attend Saturday's ceremony, the Navy will livestream the event. The link will not become active until five minutes before the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Related: US Navy Commander Relieved After LCS Hits a Cargo Ship in Canada
The first ship named for Montana's largest city, the 378-foot Billings weighs 3,500 metric tons and can reach a speed of 45 knots, according to the commissioning committee.
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The Navy's New Pacific Maintenance Team Can Fix an LCS on the Fly
13 Sep 2019
Military.com | By Gina Harkins
A new support site at a Singapore Navy base is shaking up the way the service maintains its long-criticized littoral combat ships as the vessels start to resume overseas missions.

Sailors, Navy civilians and contractors are manning a new maintenance support center at Changi Naval Base, Singapore. Members of the crew not only work on the littoral combat ship Montgomery when it pulls into port there, but also as it operates in other parts of the region.

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An update on the NSM loadout:

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USS Gabrielle Giffords Is The 1st LCS To Get Its Full Load Of Next Gen NSM Missiles
Xavier Vavasseur 29 Sep 2019

U.S. Navy pictures released September 13 show the vessel with its full load of 8 top side launchers, located forward, right ahead the bridge.

This was confirmed by General Dynamics Mission Systems in a statement released September 26, unveiling on the same occasion the official designation of the NSM in U.S. Navy service: MK 87 Mod 0.

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