U.S. Navy Works Through Freedom Diesel Generator ‘Deficiency’
By Michael Fabey
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
The SSDG issues caused power outages during the Freedom’s transit to Guam, Navy officials acknowledge. The issue appears similar to problems the Freedom experienced while operating in Central American waters, according to documentation obtained by the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. An AWIN review of mishap reports and engineering logs reveals reliability and related issues with those generators through the beginning of this decade.
Addressing historical power outages on the Freedom, Navy officials previously say such incidents are not uncommon with naval vessels. But Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, Navy director of staff and head of the LCS Council of Admirals overseeing the program, tells AWIN that with time and experience such incidents should become fewer. “It will become more reliable,” he says. However, generally speaking, “diesels are really reliable; they shouldn’t go up and down,” he says.