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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:29 AM
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3rd LCS to be named Fort Worth
3rd LCS to be named Fort Worth
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Posted : Friday Mar 6, 2009 18:28:31 EST

The third littoral combat ship will be named for the city of Fort Worth, Texas, the Navy secretarys office announced Friday.

A new type of warship, the fast and agile LCS is intended to fight in shallow water with various warfare mission modules. The LCS family has two hull types, a semiplaning monohull built by Lockheed Martin and a trimaran being built by General Dynamics.

Its not clear which design Fort Worth will take.

Theres no decision, said Cmdr. Cappy Surette, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon. The contract is still being worked out.

The ships are named for American towns with patriotic names or histories. The first, Freedom, was commissioned Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, Wis. The second ship, Independence, is expected to be delivered to the Navy this year.


Article about this proposed $600,000,000 POS at: http://navytimes.com/news/2009/03/Navy_lcs3_030609w/%2e
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:43 AM
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1. Wow. One's called 'Freedom' and another 'Fort Worth'? 'Patriotic' towns? What a loser class.
It's a pitful attempt to get hull numbers up, or we'll sell them to Taiwan within 5 years.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:01 AM
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2. The LCS is another one of the Deepwater failures.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 09:01 AM by unhappycamper
They had originally ordered 4 of these at $200 million a pop. About halfway thru the build the cost went up to $600 million a pop and the government canceled the program at two ships.

The DDG-1000 Zumwalt destroyers were canceled when the cost on these bad boys rose to $5.3 billion each. If you try to put it in perspective, this destroyer cost more than any of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers except the G. H. W. Bush at $6.3 billion.
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