Monday, September 19, 2016

Another U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship Has Broken Down

The USS Montgomery littoral combat ship has passed its trials and will be commissioned in September. It was built for the U.S. Navy by Austal USA in Mobile. (Austal USA)

USNI News: UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

This story has been updated with additional information from the Navy. An earlier version of this post indicated the casualty occurred on Sept. 15 when it in fact occurred on Sept. 13.

THE PENTAGON — Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) suffered two unrelated engineering casualties during a transit in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading to Florida for repairs, the Navy told USNI News on Friday.

On Sept. 13, Independence-class ship was bound for the Panama Canal when Montgomery suffered two engineering failures. Now the ship is headed to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba under its own power but under propulsion restrictions before returning to Naval Station Mayport, Fla. for repairs, Naval Surface Forces confirmed to USNI News.

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WNU Editor: These breakdowns are catching the eye of the US Senate .... McCain, Reed Target $29 Billion Littoral Ship for More Changes (Bloomberg)

More News On Another U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship Breaking Down

LCS Montgomery limps back to port only days after its commissioning -- Navy Times
LCS Montgomery Suffers Two Engine Casualties Days after Commissioning --
Ground Hog Day: 5th US Navy Littoral Combat Ship Out of Action in a Year -- The Diplomat
US Navy’s Half Billion Dollar Warship Suffers Two Engine Failures in First Days -- Sputnik


Anonymous said...

I am very curious to see if the bio fuel (green navy) has any impact on the power plants of these ships. I know out here in California they set regulations requiring ships entering CA waters to run low sulfur diesel which brought about all sorts of problems including engine fires on cruise ships as the "clean" diesel had a tendsncy to leak...I sat in on a few port safety meetings in which there were some very upset members over the possibility of large ships losing propulsion on approach to the port...anyone have any insight on this? Jay?

RussInSoCal said...

Anonymous said...

Change the class name: Drydock Class.

Jay Farquharson said...

LCS's engines are "supposed" to be multifuel, from high sulphur all the way down to biofuels.