The U.S. Navy is releasing or acknowledging more details about the initial Western Pacific deployment of the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1), the USS Freedom, saying that while the ship missed some planned commitments with a relatively low operational tempo (optempo), it still proved the LCS operational concepts. Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) recently gained access to Freedom deployment information that showed the ship’s optempo was less than 40%—meaning the ship was ...


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