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U.S. Chief of Naval Operations: 11 Littoral Combat Ships to Asia by 2022

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Despite growing questions concerning cost overruns and survivability in conflict, the U.S. Navy plans to send 11 littoral combat ships (LCS) to the Pacific region by 2022, the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations, Jonathan Greenert, said last week, Xinhua and Jane’s reported.

Speaking at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) in Singapore on Tuesday, May 14,Greenert told reporters that the Navy ultimately hopes to deploy four LCS to Singapore by 2022, with the remaining seven heading to Sasebo, Japan, where they will replace the mine countermeasures ships currently stationed there.

The first LCS, the USS Freedom (LCS 1), left its home port in San Diego in March of this year and reached Singapore in the middle of last month to begin an eight-month deployment, its maiden overseas voyage.

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