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US Navy: Wants to sell 6 LCS ships, anyone interested?

US Navy: Wants to sell 6 LCS ships, anyone interested?

A total of six LCS-class ships currently in service with the U.S. Navy are available for sale under the latest 30-year shipbuilding plan for fiscal year 2024. It also calls for the retirement of a total of 11 ships to free up more resources for new, shipbuilding, and other priorities. Of course, the above will be implemented as long as there is relevant congressional approval.

Specifically, the goal is to make the AUSTAL USA-built USS Jackson (LCS-6) and USS Montgomery (LCS-8) ​​of the Independence-class, 9- and 8-year-olds respectively, available for sale through fiscal year 2024. Through FMS operation and during fiscal year 2025 USS Wichita (LCS-13), USS Billings (LCS-15), USS Indianapolis (LCS-17), and USS St. Lewis (LCS-19) Freedom class, age 3-4, built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine under prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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PHILIPPINE SEA (October 18, 2021) – The variable littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) crosses the Pacific Ocean. Jackson, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotating deployment, operating in the United States Seventh Fleet area of ​​operations to enhance interoperability with partners and act as a ready response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (US Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist First Class Devin M. Langer)

The reasons why the US Navy has proposed selling specific ships to each of the two subclasses vary. As the ASW mission shifts to the upcoming Constellation-class frigates, the LCS will be used for anti-submarine warfare and surface missions.

Introducing the US Navy’s new frigate, the FFG-62 Constellation. The frigate is expected to conduct the ASW range of operations.

This step aims to dedicate each of the subcategories to specific tasks and tasks, so that there is a streamlining of support, training and personnel. Thus, the decision to allocate 15 Independence boats for mine action missions and six Freedom boats for four-wheel drive missions left room for the LCS-6 and 8 to be withdrawn, from the outset..

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