Freedom appeared ship-shape when open for tours during Imdex.
On April 28 and 29, shortly after the ship arrived in Singapore, Freedom’s crew reported a problem with faulty seawater coolers, which are used to cool lube oil in the ship’s propulsion systems, Navy officials say. The vessel had been experiencing problems with water coolers designed to bring water into the ship, but there was no flooding, they note.
During transit through the Pacific, the ship also experienced power outages due to problems with diesel generators.
Navy officials say they expect to experience maintenance and operational challenges with Freedom during the Singapore “proof-of-concept LCS overseas deployment.”