The US Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth is scheduled to undergo repair work at its homeport of San Diego, California.
The ship will transit from Singapore using its own gas turbine engines.
In January this year, the vessel experienced mechanical failure due to jammed gears, owing to a lack of lubricating oil while docked at the Changi Vaval Base in Singapore.
The navy’s decision to conduct a complete inspection is based on maintenance timelines, efficiency of repairs, and shipyard capabilities.
The full inspection operation will include work on lube oil system flushes, and configuration of the engineering plant for safe operations.
Work will be conducted during Fort Worth’s previously scheduled selected restricted availability with docking (SRA(d)) maintenance period at the San Diego naval base, which is said to reduce the overall expenditure of the navy.
The duration of the (SRA(d)) maintenance period is to be determined on the basis of the combining gear repair work.
Designated as LCS 3, Fort Worth is the second steel, semi-planing, mono-hull Freedom variant constructed by Lockheed Martin.
The vessel is equipped with a 57mm gun and rolling airframe missile launcher, with two 30mm guns, two 11m rigid-hull inflatable boats, and two six-member maritime security boarding teams.
The agile warship is designed to conduct missions in the world’s coastal waters, and provide the navy with fast, manoeuvrable and shallow-draft ships.
USS Fort Worth was engaged in a series of operations last year, and plays a key part in LCS deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Image: LCS USS Fort Worth to undergo repair work at San Diego. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released.