When the littoral combat ship USS Coronado set sail from Pearl Harbor for a planned deployment across the Pacific, it suffered engine problems and had to turn back. The Navy is struggling to get its new class of warships to work as planned. MC2 Ryan J. Batchelder/U.S. Navy
NPR: Amid Breakdowns, Navy Struggles To Make New Ships Work
The Navy continues struggling to get its new class of warships to work right.
When the USS Coronado set sail last week from Pearl Harbor for a planned deployment across the Pacific Ocean, it suffered engine problems and had to turn back. Before that, the Navy acknowledged that a diesel engine on another ship, the USS Freedom, was in such bad shape, it needs to be rebuilt or replaced.
Both of these are littoral combat ships, known as LCS, which are intended for operations taking place close to shore.
Other littoral combat ships have suffered problems as well. The USS Milwaukee lost power in the middle of a trip to Norfolk in December and had to be towed ashore. And before that, the USS Fort Worth sat idle for months in Singapore, crippled by its own machinery problems. Now it's limping home across the Pacific for more repairs.
The Navy acknowledged all the failures this week in a statement after the Coronado turned back to port.
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