posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 12:34 PM
Problems for the LCS-1 USS Freedom continue. While enroute to her first Asia deployment, she briefly lost power for about 12 minutes. It's not the
first time she's lost power, and officials say it may have been caused by water getting into the exhaust, causing a pressure difference and shutting
down the generator.
Questions are being raised about the engines in use on the Freedom class. About 2010, she lost a starboard diesel, and had to have it replaced with
an engine from LCS-3, USS Fort Worth. The engine from Freedom was overhauled and was due to be installed on Fort Worth. Just before she left on
this deployment however, the replacement engine burned out, and had to be replaced with the engine that was overhauled for Fort Worth. It's unclear
if it's the specific type of engine in use, or if there's another problem going on with them.
The first-of-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1), the USS Freedom, briefly lost and then regained power March 16 while en route to its first Asian
deployment to Singapore, confirms Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, the director of Navy staff and the head of the special LCS Council of service admirals.
The power loss may have been due to water getting into the exhaust system of one of the ship’s diesel engine generators, possibly creating a
pressure difference, Hunt says. “It is my understanding that within 10-12 minutes it was back,” he says. Hunt leads the council assembled by the
Navy to make the Freedom’s deployment — and the overall LCS program — a success.
Addressing historical power outages on the Freedom, Navy officials previously have said that such incidents are not that uncommon with naval vessels.
However, Hunt says, with time and experience, such incidents should happen less often. “It will become more reliable,” he says.
However, he adds, “Diesels are really reliable — they shouldn’t go up and down.”