While the U.S. Navy is eyeing a smaller Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet than previously envisioned, the ships could still offer greater aviation support potential. Navy officials say the program of record still calls for 52 ships, but they acknowledge the Pentagon is considering reducing that acquisition by as many as 20 because of budgetary and other concerns. Sources familiar with the program say Navy officials privately have indicated they could accommodate future fleet plans with a ...

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