posted on Aug, 28 2016 @ 04:48 PM
In another blow to the LCS program, one of the two main diesel engines on USS Freedom has suffered so much damage that at the least will require
stripping it down and totally rebuilding it. This makes three times since December that a Freedom class ship has lost propulsion. USS Milwaukee lost
both engines while transiting to her new home port, and required a tow into port. USS Fort Worth, on a long term deployment in the Pacific, spent
months in Singapore undergoing repairs to one of her engines.
Personnel on Freedom noticed sea water dripping into the bilge from a sea water pump seal. The seal was plugged, and water went into the oil system.
After returning to port in July, they decontaminated the oil system, and sailed to Hawaii for a week of operations for RIMPAC. Upon returning and
examining the engine, so many parts were discovered to have been damaged by seawater and rust that the only option is to remove it and either rebuild
it or replace it. The Navy has yet to make a decision on which way to go.
edit on 8/28/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)