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Navy Needs More Time to Review Littoral Combat Ship Program


On the heels of the conclusion of a Navy review of the service's littoral combat ship program, the chief of naval operations has asked for more time to complete the probe.

In a statement Thursday, Adm. John Richardson said he had met with Naval Surface Forces Commander Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden and other members of the LCS review team to receive an update.

While he said he was happy with the progress made so far, he needed more information.

"As the team walked me through their work it was clear that LCS crewing would be the main driver for many of the follow-on decisions about operations, training, and maintenance, so we will address that issue first," Richardson said in the statement.

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