“The ship was scheduled to be in an upcoming maintenance period anyway,” James says. “We are confident that the right combination of technical assistance, maintenance and parts support are in theater now to address this issue.”
Getting Freedom fixed and underway again is important. “Operations conducted by Freedom with our partners in Southeast Asia are a critical part of the Navy’s rebalance to the Pacific,” says James.
“The Freedom crew continues to perform well as they capture lessons learned in this proof-of-concept overseas deployment that will lead to improvements in the LCS program,” James says.
“While I cannot discuss specific maintenance timelines, technicians are working quickly to repair the problem as the ship prepares for her next operational commitment at Carat [Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training] Brunei in November.”
Freedom is expected to leave Southeast Asia in late November, James notes, and return to her San Diego homeport at the end of the year.