Accession Number : AD1019492

Title :   Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : U.S. Navy Washington Navy Yard United States

Personal Author(s) : Anderson,Tom

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : The role of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is to provide joint forces access in the littoral. LCS is designed to be a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant. It will focus on three primary anti-access mission areas within Littoral Surface Warfare operations: prosecution of small boats, mine warfare, and littoral anti-submarine warfare. Its high speed and ability to operate at economical loiter speeds will enable fast and calculated responses to small boat threats, mine laying and quiet diesel submarines. LCS employment of networked sensors for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in support of Special Operations Forces will directly enhance littoral mobility. Its shallow draft will allow easier excursion into shallower areas for both mine countermeasures and small boat prosecution. Using LCS against these asymmetric threats will enable Joint Commanders to concentrate multi-mission combatants on primary missions such as precision strike, battle group escort and theater air defense.

Descriptors :   BUDGETS , NAVY , NAVAL VESSELS (COMBATANT) , test and evaluation , procurement , contracts , military acquisition , cost estimates , costs , cost analysis , production , conversion , shipbuilding , maintenance , outfitting

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE