Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Oversight Issues and Options for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navy is procuring a new class of surface combatant called the Littoral Combat Ship LCS. The first LCS was procured in FY2005, another three were procured in FY2006, and two more were procured in FY2007. Current Navy plans call for procuring three LCSs in FY2008, and then about six per year in FY2009- FY2016, for a planned total of 55 ships. The LCS is a small, fast surface combatant that uses modular plug-and-fight mission packages, including unmanned vehicles UVs. The ships mission orientation can be changed by changing out its mission packages. The basic version of the LCS, without any mission packages, is referred to as the LCS sea frame. The LCSs primary intended missions are countering enemy mines, submarines, and fast attack craft in littoral near-shore waters. Secondary missions include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR maritime intercept special operations forces SOF support and logistics support for movement of personnel and supplies. The LCS is also mentioned in connection with the Navys role in what the Bush Administration refers to as the Global War on Terrorism GWOT.
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