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BUILDING BETTER SHIPS


T


he Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship


(LCS) is designed to thwart and vanquish threats along the coasts and shores of oceans and seas. T ese dangers can include pirates on small, speedy craft, submarine attacks and underwater mines planted to close shipping lanes or deny access to ports. T e fi rst LCS, the USS Freedom (LCS-1),


was commissioned in 2008. T e next Freedom-variant LCS, USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), was commissioned in 2012. Five more either have been launched or are


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in various stages of construction, and three more are planned for construc- tion in the coming years. “Our industry team appreciates


the U.S. Navy’s confi dence in the LCS program as we continue down the learning curve to make these ships more capable and more aff ord- able,” said Joe North, vice president


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