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"Money down the drain": The United States comments on the decision of the Navy to decommission two littoral ships 10-12 years before the expiration date

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The American press is discussing the state of affairs in the naval forces associated with the coastal zone ships (littoral warships) of the LCS project. 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of the launching of the first of these warships of the US Navy - the ship with the loud name "Freedom" - USS Freedom (LCS-1).


Observer Andrew Dyer writes that in the year of the 15th anniversary, the US Navy command did not decide for what specific purposes these ships with a displacement of about 2,7 thousand tons to use. If initially it was assumed that littoral warships would be used for the global fight against terrorism - for countering, for example, high-speed boats in the coastal zone, now the emphasis has shifted.

Andrew Dyer:

Today the US Navy has a new strategy, new missions. More precisely, this is a return to the old strategy: countering the powerful warships of Russia and China.

The American war correspondent notes that at the same time, the US Navy does not fully understand how exactly the ships of the coastal zone can be used against countries with developed military fleets and coastal anti-ship complexes.

Andrew Dyer:

The LCS project has been implemented, but the Navy is still trying to figure out what to do with the composition of littoral warships worth about $ 16 billion.

The technical problems of the LCS also raise additional questions. For example, several ships of this series, as the American author points out, suffered breakdowns on the high seas.

From the material in the American press:

Recently it was discovered that the ships have big transmission problems, it needs to be redesigned.

Andrew Dyer:

All this explains a very peculiar decoding of LCS by sailors - Little Crappy Ships (instead of Littoral Combat Ship - approx. VO).

Little Crappy Ships in a relatively acceptable (in literary terms) translation means "little unlucky ships".

The San Diego Union Tribune notes that after spending billions of dollars on this project, the command is now going to decommission the first 4 ships of this project. Congress allowed the withdrawal of two ships - USS Independence (LCS-31) will be launched on July 2, and USS Freedom (LCS-30) on September 1. This is despite the fact that the service life of such ships was designated as 25 years. It turns out that the decommissioning of LCS ships from service in the United States is going to be 10 years before the expiration of the service life for USS Freedom and 12 years for USS Independence.

Commenting on this fact, US experts write that the project itself is “money down the drain”.

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  1. Finches
    Finches 16 May 2021 10: 37
    +17
    Present them to Ukraine for twelve lards - there hasn't been a peremog for a long time with screams "Abroad will help us!" laughing
    1. PN
      PN 16 May 2021 10: 56
      +8
      Perhaps for these purposes, and write off. I doubt that they will just be put on pins and needles. They will steam the Papuans in order to repulse at least some grandmother.
    2. frruc
      frruc 16 May 2021 11: 03
      +4
      The San Diego Union Tribune notes that after spending billions of dollars on this project, the command is now going to decommission the first 4 ships of this project.

      Why give. Let them vparyat for money or for barter goods to Ukraine or Poland.
      1. Vladimir Mashkov
        Vladimir Mashkov 16 May 2021 15: 24
        +3
        Quote: frruc
        Why give. Let them vparyat for money or for barter goods to Ukraine or Poland.

        Steam, be sure to steam. Poland or some other vassal. And the vassal of the United States of Ukraine by that time, I believe, will no longer be ... lol
    3. Cat Alexandrovich
      Cat Alexandrovich 16 May 2021 11: 06
      +2
      Tse skoka new admirals can be made!
    4. xorek
      xorek 16 May 2021 11: 27
      +1
      Quote: Finches
      Present them to Ukraine for twelve lards - there hasn't been a peremog for a long time with screams "Abroad will help us!" laughing

      They will resell them to the Chinese for scrap .. They have experience.! hi
      Quote: Cat Alexandrovich
      Tse skoka new admirals can be made!

      Admiral -cock, Admiral-senior sailor, etc. ))))
    5. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 16 May 2021 11: 33
      +1
      Quote: Finches
      Present them to Ukraine for twelve lards

      It is better to give the Portuguese Navy on military lease, here the article was about their deplorable state of the Navy ...
      And for the Naval Forces of Ukraine it will be too bold, the basing system and l / s are not prepared, at the initial stage they will manage with the boats that the French are building - 20 PKA for the BOKHR and 8 RCA for the Naval Forces, which will be built by the British ...
    6. Mark kalendarov
      Mark kalendarov 16 May 2021 11: 56
      +1
      Be careful with the gift. Will be licked to death !!!
    7. Bat039
      Bat039 16 May 2021 16: 12
      +1
      Zhenya, you literally removed this phrase from my tongue. This is what came to my mind after reading the article.
  2. Basarev
    Basarev 16 May 2021 10: 53
    +2
    Directly mirrored problems: the Americans have excellent ocean-going ships, but difficulties with coastal ships all the time surface. And we have the opposite.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 16 May 2021 11: 12
      +1

      In fact, their coastal ships are very large. Class of frigates by tonnage.
      But with small weapons.
      These LCSs are too innovative.
      Superfast. Especially the trimarans (they are not disabled).
      Small crew, lots of electronics. Complex PLO systems. Cannot train qualified crews.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 16 May 2021 11: 22
        +3
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Superfast. Especially trimarans

        These ships are very interesting, innovation is justified. Such high-speed mini UDC, the take-off area is huge, comfortable interior spaces. Freedom is not clear what, obviously Lockheed's lobbyists did their best.
        1. bayard
          bayard 16 May 2021 13: 24
          +3
          These trimarans are interesting in their speed and seaworthiness, but they are completely inadequate in terms of the composition of weapons in the event of opposition to the ships of the enemy's oceanic zone, which may appear in their area of ​​responsibility. Against pirates and for the sake of show-off - they will go ... But pirates in the 200-mile zone of the United States are not found. Well, the technical lack of knowledge, the complexity and high cost of operation. Now it is more rational to withdraw them to the reserve or sell them, and for the near zone to get corvettes and frigates with normal PC weapons.
          Looking at these arts, we also have a "miracle of technology" - pr. 22160 - neither a mouse nor a frog ... and no speed.
          1. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 16 May 2021 15: 11
            0
            Quote: bayard
            completely inadequate in terms of the composition of weapons in the event of countering the ships of the enemy's oceanic zone

            So they are not against them. They have enough destroyers. If necessary, they can be reinforced with missile weapons. Even overland options. The take-off site allows.




            The main thing is the UAV and unmanned ships, for which he is an ideal launch site and their "shepherd".

            Quote: bayard
            But there are no pirates in the US 200-mile zone.

            They are not interested in the coastal zone of the United States. South America, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region is their zone.

            Quote: bayard
            frigates with normal PC weapons

            And so they start. FREMM + there are no questions for them. They just don't need classic corvettes. Freedom completely failed, the Independent will still serve, a much more interesting platform. But you do not need to consider it a corvette, this is such a mini UDC that can be transformed from a task.
      2. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 16 May 2021 11: 42
        +3
        While they were struggling with a 200-mile zone, they equalized the biological resources. Let the coast guard ships guard their fishermen. For the Russian fish business, only the Canadian zone is of interest in this area.
  3. knn54
    knn54 16 May 2021 11: 29
    +5
    The defect is associated with the design of the bearing. The transmission failed due to its rapid wear during acceleration.
    On ships of projects LCS-21/23, they will simply install the "correct" version of the bearing.
    By the way, he could "wedge" the mechanism for transmitting torque to the screws
    The ships of the "1" project really should be written off.
    1. ProkletyiPirat
      ProkletyiPirat 17 May 2021 02: 09
      +1
      Quote: knn54
      By the way, he could "wedge" the mechanism for transmitting torque to the screws

      there is also a badly designed nose, this is noticeable in the video with a high speed, on larger waves it can knock out bearings and / or splines
  4. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 16 May 2021 11: 48
    0
    Frankly, the American fleet became gorgeous in the development of the 80s - 90s. And all attempts to further make a wunderwaffe at sea ended in fiasco. Arlie Burke, avics like Nimitz and all types of APLs are ideal. What else is needed, right: cut the budget! I really want to bite!
  5. garik77
    garik77 16 May 2021 12: 36
    0
    Just don’t tell Xoxlam, they’ll start begging now ...
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  7. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 16 May 2021 16: 19
    +1
    "For example, several ships of this series, as the American author points out, suffered breakdowns on the high seas."
    So what?!. All ships have and will have breakdowns ...

    "Congress allowed to implement"
    Congress, he is also a congress in Africa.
    He knows better.
    I heard, in the states, you can't even replace a light bulb in a chandelier without calling the appropriate officials from Congress.
    Wonders. We'll go so far ...
    If we move in this direction. request
    1. your1970
      your1970 17 May 2021 08: 22
      0
      Whoever will answer to the insurance company in the event of a fire is the one who dines with the girl ..
      This is only with us - "The shed burned down, and the hut" ...
      I asked an acquaintance of a retired firefighter - during his entire service, we had only three (!!!) fires in the area with insured houses ...
      For 27 years ...
  8. Revolver
    Revolver 16 May 2021 21: 30
    +2
    Actually, "Crappy" literally translates to "creepy" or "swearing". Author was just ashamed.
  9. Bshkaus
    Bshkaus 17 May 2021 10: 04
    -2
    Salagi! They cannot deal with lacustrine punt. Tolya is the case: two TARKs of the Orlan type have rusted and are no longer suitable for needles. My ten-year-old Kia Rio has been running longer than they have surfed the seas am
  10. DED_peer_DED
    DED_peer_DED 17 May 2021 14: 11
    0
    It is also luminescent in Africa, luminescence.
    And how, it burns ... oo-oo-oo-oo ...