The US Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) has departed from the maintenance and logistics hub in Singapore following completion of a five-day preventative maintenance availability (PMAV) and two-week long repair availability (RAV).
The PMAV and RAV is the first extended maintenance availability for the vessel during its 16-month rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
LCS Crew 103 executive officer commander Michael Desmond said that these maintenance periods will enable Fort Worth to remain in theatre and underway for a majority of her extended deployment.
Desmond said: "The entire maintenance team worked very hard to complete a long list of routine checks and repairs.
"With the RAV / PMAV behind us, we’re looking forward to completing our remaining underway milestones before turning Fort Worth over to Crew 102 in late May."
During the period of deployment, the vessel will employ the surface warfare (SUW) mission package.
The vessel is equipped with 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.
This 3,450t vessel is the first LCS to deploy under the ‘3-2-1’ manning concept, in which three rotational crews support two LCS ships. This helps the vessel to deploy twice as long as typical US Navy ship deployments.
Fort Worth will now conduct routine patrols in the US 7th Fleet area of operations and will take part in most of the 2015 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series throughout this summer and autumn.
Image: Fort Worth is the first LCS to deploy under the ‘3-2-1’ manning concept. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P Turretto Ramos.