Weight loss regime beckons for LCS 1
By Casandra Newell
The US Navy is mulling over the removal of several redundant and non-critical parts from Littoral Combat Ship 1 (LCS 1) USS Freedom in order to decrease the vessel's displacement.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told Jane's that officials are considering taking out components "that have become unused on the finished ship". The proposed list includes engine removal rails for the twin Rolls-Royce MT-30 gas turbines.
Senior crew members assigned to the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine-built frigate said in December 2008 that the prototype vessel was three to five tons overweight.
A NAVSEA spokesman said on 6 February: "Through a combination of operating procedures and specific targeted weight and stability adjustments, the navy will be able to safely operate LCS 1 in its current weight condition." 127 of 252 words
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