Military Capabilities

Training ships key to making LCS structure work

03 November 2017

The success of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programmatic operational structure will hinge on US Navy (USN) officials’ acceptance of a relatively novel idea for service warships: setting several of the ships aside to be training vessels.

“The respective fleet commander needs to embrace the concept that those training ships are fully deployable assets but their principle mission is to train LCS crews,” Captain Tom Workman, the LCS implementation team leader, told Jane’s .

Traditionally, crews – individually or as teams – often train on the vessels they will deploy with. In many cases, the ship may be coming out of a maintenance availability and the USN will get both the crew and vessel ready for deployment simultaneously.

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