The Naval Sea Systems Command on Aug. 14 requested proposals from industry for a high-speed, stealthy ship capable of conducting a variety of missions in littoral waters. Called the Focused Mission Ship, the vessel appears to be the model for the Littoral Combat Ship, part of the Navy's next-generation DD(X) class of ships. "This concept ship will complement our Aegis fleet, DD(X) and CG(X) by operating in environments where it is less desirable to employ larger multi-mission ...

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