The Navy announced today that the first four Littoral Combat Ship
s LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.
Key in the success of implementing these new concepts is the
ability to collocate these ships to achieve readiness alignment and economy of
scale. This collocation is especially important for the first ships in the
class as waterfront facilities, infrastructure, training and maintenance
efficiencies are developed. San Diego was chosen as the initial homeport
because of the Navy's increased emphasis on the Pacific theater
based on the
Quadrennial Defense Review.
"Homeporting the first four ships in San Diego will enable us to
establish synergy between the ships and with local commands," said Vice Adm.
Terry Etnyre, commander, Naval Surface Forces, based in Coronado, Calif. "With
the Undersea Warfare Command here in San Diego and the Mine Warfare Command
moving here soon, the undersea warfare and mine warfare mission packages will
have direct coordination and representation locally."
LCS will carry some core capabilities, such as self-defense and
command and control; but its true war-fighting capability will come from its
innovative and tailored mission modules. These ships will be configured for
one mission package at a time, consisting of modules, manned aircraft,
unmanned vehicles, off-board sensors, and mission-manning detachments. This
will operate within open-systems architecture giving it the capability to
reconfigure mission modules and ship systems to tailor it for specific
The Littoral Combat Ships are the first Navy vessels
capability from hull form and provide a robust, affordable, mission-focused
warship designed to provide assured access for our joint forces. LCS will
have the size, speed, endurance, and connectivity to deploy as a member of
carrier strike groups
, expeditionary strike groups or surface strike groups.
The innovative concepts in LCS do not end with its modularity.
LCS will operate with a quarter of the crew normally assigned to ships this
size through a combination of technology and process improvements for
maintenance, logistics, training and administration.
The keel for the first Littoral Combat Ship, to be named USS
Freedom (LCS 1), was laid on June 3, 2005 and the second, to be named USS
Independence (LCS 2), on Jan. 19, 2006.