LCS Update

Defense Tech notes that work has resumed on the USS Freedom (LCS 1) class littoral combat ships. Construction on LCS 3 had been put on hold while cost overruns for the two monohulled ships were investigated.

A DoD contract announcement yesterday includes:

Adaptive Methods, Inc., Centerville, Va., is being awarded a $5,981,700 modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-6305) to exercise an option for surface ship undersea warfare combat system engineering services. The contractor will perform systems engineering, software engineering, integration, and test services to transition sensor interface, signal processing, and information processing technologies into the AN/SQQ-89(V) USW combat system. Contractor will also provide services for reuse applications of surface ship USW technologies into the Littoral Combat Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare mission package. Work will be performed in Centerville, Va. (70 percent); Rockville, Md. (15 percent); Clearwater, Fla. (10 percent); and Chattanooga, Tenn. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed December 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-05-C-6305).

Meanwhile:

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, is guided off the aluminum hull of pre-commissioned ship Independence (LCS 2) during a tour of Austal Shipyards. Austal is one of three yards that has been contracted to build the littoral combat ship. The SECNAV toured the shipyard to further his understanding of the challenges facing the U.S. shipbuilding industry. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. Eklund (RELEASED)

Pic from Navy NewsStand. LCS 2, obviously the trimaran design, is about 60% complete.