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The Fort Worth, a Freedom-class LCS that has been operating for more than a year in the western Pacific, “experienced a casualty to the ship’s combining gears during an in-port period in Singapore Jan. 12,” according to Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet.
So far, according to Knight, “the casualty appears to be caused by a failure to follow established procedures during maintenance.”
The ship remains at the Changi Vaval Base in Singapore while an investigation continues. “A maintenance team consisting of technical representatives and shipyard personnel is on board to evaluate the gears and to make the necessary repairs,” Knight said in an email.