The fact that China has been building its military with speed and agility in recent years is nothing new, but now Beijing is going head-to-head with one of the U.S. Navy’s most troubled programs.
The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), is meant to be part of the fleet the Pentagon wants to move to the Pacific, and though a couple versions of the ship were put to sea four years ago, the program is still beset by problems and nowhere near being combat ready.
Michael Fabey at Aviation Week acquired Navy documents that showed the following components had issues on the LCS USS Freedom’s recent voyage:
Heat, flame, smoke and flood alarms; hydraulic power unit systems, airborne mission zone lift hoist and platform; lifting capstan; gypsy winch;
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