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Navy Seeks Answers as Two Littoral Combat Ships Break Down in a Month


The Navy is expected to complete a report on the engine issues that sidelined two littoral combat ships in the span of 30 days, Lockheed Martin's vice president of littoral ship systems said.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's christening of the LCS Sioux City, the 11th LCS overall and the sixth of the Freedom variant built by Lockheed Martin, Joe North told reporters the contracting company was working with the Navy to determine what went wrong with the USS Milwaukee and the USS Fort Worth.

"We have been with the Navy as part of a root cause analysis that's still ongoing, and the Navy's going to get a report on that in the next few weeks," he said. "It will be their decision and their output at the end of that analysis."

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