Just needs to go away as a class… Spend the money on FFX and move on.
The U.S. Navy hopes to boost the number of days the littoral combat ship is operational by targeting the drivers of down time: design flaws in 32 parts that need to be replaced and a sluggish contractor-based maintenance model that needs to be made more responsive.
He said today it can take as long as three weeks to identify the right technical experts and get them to a deployed LCS to start fixing it; he wants to trim that down to five days.
NORMAL availability 2 weeks a month? 32 parts/design flaws? WTH???
Full article HERE from Defense News.
And this isn’t ‘all’ the problems. The crews ‘routinely’ have to work 12-14 hour days at sea, if there are no major problems. And the whole ‘crew swap’ thing has been tried before with little success, as there is no ‘pride’ in ownership when you’re moving on/off anything on a regular basis. We tried that in aviation squadrons 10+ years ago with ‘combined’ maintenance staff, and three years later dumped that concept, then took a year to get airplanes back to ‘minimum’ levels of cleanliness and operational ability.
LCS is much like the F-35 in that parts/etc. are spread through so many congressional districts that no congresscritter wants to kill either program, fearing loss of jobs.