While no program is guaranteed protection during these days of fiscal austerity, the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) acquisition plans are as safe as any other from substantial cuts, says Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, director of Navy staff and the head of the special LCS Council of service admirals. The current program calls for the Navy to buy an overall fleet of 55 ships, now roughly split between the LCS-1 USS Freedom class built by a team led by Lockheed Martin and the LCS-2 ...

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