This doesn’t seem terribly encouraging: Navy downplays chance of LCS cancellation:
The Navy does not share a Senate committee’s view that a combat ship slated for construction in Mobile could be canceled if higher-than-expected cost estimates prove correct, a spokesman said this week.
In e-mailed answers to questions posed by the Press-Register, Lt. Bashon Mann said the Navy will continue to monitor costs and “assess the need for further action” on two littoral combat ships to be built by Austal USA. He did not elaborate.
Mobile shipbuilder Austal is part of a team headed by General Dynamics Corp., a defense contractor headquartered in Virginia.
It is LCS 4, the second of the trimaran Independence-class ships, that’s in danger of being cancelled. The lead ship of the class is well over half complete. Earlier this year, the second of the Lockheed Martin built monohull Freedom-class ships was put on hold and then cancelled due to cost overruns. During the reviews of the program, we learned that the trimarans were also suffering cost issues.
Murdoc’s always thought that there might be a place for a few Sea Fighter-class ships in both the Navy and the Coast Guard.