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Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

By Ronald O'Rourke

Abstract

This report provides background information and potential issues for Congress on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular "plug-and-fight" mission packages. The Navy's proposed FY2013 budget requests funding for the procurement of four LCSs. Current issues for Congress concerning the LCS program include the program's mission modules, the combat survivability of the LCS, hull cracking and engine problems on LCS-1, and corrosion on LCS-2

Topics: Defense policy, Navy - U.S., Congress, Congressional oversight, Weapons systems, Warships
Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
Year: 2012
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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