U.S. Navy’s first Littoral Combat Ship and aircraft fleet exercises together (Figure)
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According to the China National Defense Science and Technology Information Network reported that the Navy insider Web site April 20, 2010 report, U.S. Navy officials , built by Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship U.S. Navy a “free” number (LCS-1) in the eastern Pacific for military exercises, the exercises with a carrier strike group together, mainly to test the ship’s communication capabilities.
“free” was the captain, Randy Ghana Commander April 12, 2010, told reporters during the exercise, the ship from the “Carl Vinson” aircraft carrier to get supplies, exercise main for the project are: the floating target shooting and fast simulation of a merchant ship boarding and hunting (the merchant by the “Bunker Hill” cruiser (CG-52) to play).
During the exercise, the ship also ship with its stern delivery system put in 11-meter rigid inflatable boat (RHIB), the boat used to visit, boarding, search and hunt exercise. A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report said, “freedom” and “Independence” of the ship stern delivery systems are not adequately tested, but Ghana that the safe and effective delivery system to the rigid inflatable boat.
The exercise also demonstrated the “free” was a good instantaneous acceleration, the ability to help “free” in the deployment has completed four times a good drug search task. In addition to the ship’s helicopter can easily catch up with the drug boats, the “freedom” was itself able to quickly catch up with drug trafficking vessels. The ship can only be used in a short time the instantaneous acceleration, but most of the time it is of 13 knots cruise.
Garner said, “freedom” was the winch system to help it from the “Carl Vinson” to get supplies on the aircraft carrier, winch can seize the aircraft fuel supply device, and drag it over, and does not require a lot of manpower to carry out the work. “Freedom” was about more than 40 crew on, even with the winch, fuel supply work will make almost all of the crew involved. But Ghana that, in general, “free” was the first exercise was very successful. (China Shipping Information Center Zhang Xiaofan)