New expeditionary maintenance capability would be installed on Navy’s third littoral combat ship now. The significant development will increase vessel’s capacity to survive repairs during the mission. The Pacific theater service officials informed the press about the development. LCS 3, also known as USS Fort Worth has been successful to achieve long mission period and distance by getting portable maintenance containers on board.
These containers assist in repair work of the ship at various locations. Program Manager Captain Scott Pratt from Fleet Introduction and Sustainment wing of LCS informed about further scope in the new approach to repair vessels. Shipping containers are as big as 25 foot. All ship’s instruments and maintenance parts are present in the container. One container comes with whole workshop full of equipment and tools required for maintenance tasks.
Cables, pipe, bolts and other essential components of ship have been adequately stocked inside. The officials are calling the container ‘portable workshop’. The supply needed for repairs will be continuously provided to the ship even when it is on mission so the vessel can continue its work on deployment. The LCS3 is about replace the USS Freedom now as the LCC1 is deployed at the location since 2013.
The maintenance work can be conducted in distant bases like Japan now. Previously USS Freedom had to come back to Singapore for the maintenance work and this also limits the movement of ship around the maintenance base. Now these limitations have been removed. Recently many Navy ships had to come back from crucial deployments in the Middle East for maintenance work.