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LCS Coronado Develops Propulsion Problems

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Austal Confirms Losses

“The crew took precautionary measures and the ship is now returning to Pearl Harbor to determine the extent of the problem and conduct repairs”.

The extent of repairs and any operational impact is unknown.

It’s not clear how repairs to the Coronado may affect the ship’s deployment plans. An assessment of the casualty will be completed upon return to Pearl Harbor, and additional details will be made available when possible. Just $ 5 a month. The ship is now in transit from Singapore (where it languished for seven months) to San Diego for major repairs. Scott Larson, commanding officer of Coronado and LCS Crew 204. The LCS operates with rotating crews so the ships can be deployed overseas for longer periods of time. The problem was traced back to a software issue, which caused a clutch not to disengage when the ship was switching engines, and not human error. The ship returned to active duty in June.

USNI News quotes two sources as saying that crew members saw electricity arcing around the gearing system that combines the output from the ship’s gas turbines and main propulsion diesels.

The primary driver of Austal’s FY2016 loss was a change of estimate to complete construction of the Littoral Combat Ship program (LCS 6 – 26) in accordance with the US Naval Vessel Rules, as announced on 4 July 2016.

CEO David Singleton said in yesterday’s announcement that the outlook is positive for Austal, despite the higher costs on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

Richardson was referring to three previous engine failures that took place on the LCS Freedom, Fort Worth and Milwaukee in the past eight months.

Prior to its planned Western Pacific transit, the Coronado participated in the Rim of the Pacific multinational exercise in July, where it was used as a platform to conduct a live-fire missile test with a Block 1C Harpoon over-the-horizon missile, a key step in development of an improved LCS with increased lethality and capacity. “Naval Sea Systems Command and Commander Naval Surface Forces will review this most recent problem to determine the cause, and we will respond as needed to correct it”. “I am fully committed to ensuring that our ships and the Sailors who man them have the proper tools and training they need to safely and effectively operate these ships”.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in a statement Tuesday the entire LCS program had undergone a review after the first two breakdowns and recommendations from that review were to be implemented after Navy leaders were briefed.

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