Here’s a statement from the Navy, as reported by Defense Aerospace (1), announcing that the LCS surface warfare (ASuW) module has completed a portion of testing.
“The U.S. Navy completed the first stage of developmental testing for the Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package, June 24.USS Freedom (LCS 1), the first ship of the class, conducted tests and demonstrations of key mission package components, including the MK 46 gun weapon system, 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats and an MH-60R helicopter outfitted with a Hellfire missile simulator and .50-caliber and 7.62mm machine guns."The capabilities included in the surface warfare mission package will project power and presence in key overseas environments," said Rear Adm. James Murdoch, program executive officer Littoral Combat Ships. "An LCS outfitted with these capabilities, teamed with the ship's inherent speed and maneuverability, will provide a capability in a single platform never before available to the U.S. Navy."
The second interesting point is Adm. Murdoch’s statement that this stripped down package “…will provide a capability in a single platform never before available …”. Really? No ship in the Navy has ever had a helo, a RHIB and a few machine guns? Even the Perry class FFGs had more than this. There’s nothing wrong with positive spin but there comes a point where you cross the line from spin into outright lies and you lose all credibility.
(1)http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/136416/lcs-completes-initial-surface-warfare-tests.html, “LCS Completes First Stage of Surface Warfare Developmental Testing”, Source: US Navy; issued
June 28, 2012