US Navy Commissions New Combat Ship for Close-to-Shore Operations

US Navy Commissions New Combat Ship for Close-to-Shore Operations

00:03 05.12.2015(updated 00:37 05.12.2015)

Littoral combat ships

The US Navy will commission the USS Jackson, on Saturday in Gulfport, Mississippi.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Navy will commission its latest littoral combat ship (LCS), the USS Jackson, on Saturday in Gulfport, Mississippi, the Department of Defense announced in a news release on Friday.

“Jackson is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation,” the release said. “It is designed to defeat asymmetric ‘anti-access’ threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.”

Littoral combat ships are designed to mount and support amphibious operations and to operate close into hostile shores.

The Jackson’s sea frames will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules made up of mission systems and support equipment to wage mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or surface warfare missions, according to the release.

In July, the National Defense journal noted that the littoral combat ship class has been the subject of harsh criticism throughout the US defense industry as critics claim it is unsuitable for warfare and un-survivable in combat.

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3 thoughts on “US Navy Commissions New Combat Ship for Close-to-Shore Operations

  1. Nicky

    At $700 Million dollars each. The LCS is a POS and a JOKE. It’s a ship that’s trying to do everything such as Corvette and Frigate into one. That’s why the US Navy capped them at 20 and is looking for a viable Frigate to replace the LCS and I think the US Navy is hinting on using the US Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter design.

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