The U.S. Navy is adding another five sailors to its initial 15-person detachment for its mine countermeasures mission (MCM) module package on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet. The number of sailors and other personnel slated for LCS keeps growing, an issue that is raising questions among federal lawmakers because the relatively small crew—and associated lower ship weight and overall lifecycle costs—have been part of the sales pitch for buying the fleet. Initially designed for a ...


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