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.