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The US Navy Basically Admitted That The Littoral Combat Ship Looks Like A Massive…

The US Navy Basically Admitted That The Littoral Combat Ship Looks Like A Massive…

first_imgThe Littoral Combat Ship Looks Like A Massive Failure Jared Keller, Task & Purpose Littoral Combat Ship General DynamicsGeneral DynamicsThe Navy “may not” deploy any of the dozen small surface combatants this year despite officials’ previous plans to deploy several to join the 7th and 5th Fleets in Singapore and Bahrain respectively, the US Naval Institute reported.The report suggests that the Navy has run out of patience for the disappointment mill that is the Littoral Combat Ship, once the backbone of the future fleet that could have 355 ships.A recent review of the Navy’s LCS fleet by the Pentagon’s operational testing and evaluation arm also revealed significant structural problems with the program’s Freedom and Independence variants.After 16 years and billions of dollars, the Navy may have finally acknowledged that its Littoral Combat Ship program looks like a miserable failure.The service “may not” deploy any of the dozen small surface combatants this year despite officials’ previous plans to deploy several to join the 7th and 5th Fleets in Singapore and Bahrain respectively, the U.S. Naval Institute first reported on April 11.Given the embarrassing cost overruns and frequent mechanical failures that have plagued the program, the exquisitely-detailed report suggests that the Navy has run out of patience for the disappointment mill that is the Littoral Combat Ship, once the backbone of the future fleet that could have 355 ships.Littoral combat shipGeneral DynamicsHere’s the money graf from USNI News explaining the strange lack of upcoming deployments:Three of the Navy’s four original LCSs are in maintenance now, and four of the eight block-buy ships that have commissioned already are undergoing their initial Post Shakedown Availabilities (PSA), Cmdr. John Perkins, spokesman for Naval Surface Force Pacific, told USNI News.In addition to the deploying ships themselves being in maintenance, so too are the training ships that will be required to help train and certify the crews. The Navy upended its LCS training and manning plans in 2016 when then-SURFOR commander Vice Adm. Tom Rowden announced a change to a blue-gold crewing model and a ship reorganization … not only does the deployable ship have to be in the water and ready for operations, but so does the training ship.It’s clearly not just a matter of organizational chance that’s complicated the deployment of the LCS. Not only did the Navy reduce the number of LCSs ordered from Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics back in 2014 out of concerns over the vessel’s performance, but a review of the Navy’s LCS fleet by the Pentagon’s operational testing and evaluation arm, conducted between 2016 and 2017 and published in January 2018, revealed significant structural problems with the program’s Freedom and Independence variants.This problems include: a concerning deficit in combat system elements (namely radar systems), limited anti-ship missile self-defense capabilities, and a lack of redundancies for vital systems necessary to reduce the chance that “a single hit will result in loss of propulsion, combat capability, and the ability to control damage and restore system operation.”US Navy Gabrielle Giffords littoral combat shipThe Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords pierside at Naval Base San Diego preparing for final contract trials.US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abby Rader“Neither LCS variant is survivable in high-intensity combat,” according to the DoD report. “Although the ships incorporate capabilities to reduce their susceptibility to attack, testing of analogous capabilities in other ship classes demonstrated that such capabilities have limited effectiveness in high-intensity combat.”While the report recommends that the Navy continue to address the Pentagon’s recommendations, the service is already eyeing other hulls to take on the coastal combat operations initially envisioned for the LCS. In July 2017, the service posted official requirements for a brand new frigate under the Guided Missile Frigate Replacement Program or FFG(X) that will “employ unmanned systems to penetrate and dwell in contested environments” — basically, be the LCS but without the headache (and the additional costs of upgrading each LCS warship to an FFG(X) configuration.)“In many ways, this FFG(X) design goes beyond what today’s LCS can do, particularly as it relates to surface warfare,” as USNI News put it at the time. “The RFI states the frigate should be able to conduct independent operations in a contested environment or contribute to a larger strike group, depending on combatant commander needs.”Will 2018 be the last gasp for the troubled LCS program? Knowing the DOD, probably not — but the USNI News report on the lack of LCS deployments only solidifies one truth about the vessel: LCS, as The War Zone put it, almost definitely stands for ‘Little Crappy Ship.’ FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Jeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer

Jeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer

first_imgJeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer, age 88 of Enochsburg, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at her home. Born November 3, 1931 in Covington, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Loretta (Nee: Anthe) and William Fisher. She married Alfred “Tom” Litmer October 21, 1950 at St. John’s Church in Enochsburg and he preceded her in death January 13, 2010. Nettie was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish at Enochsburg (formerly St. John’s Church) and spent 10 years as a bookkeeper for Hillenbrand Industries and 15 years working at the Fireside Inn Restaurant. An excellent cook, everything she made was good and a lot of people have enjoyed her beef and noodles over the years. Nettie never paid to much attention to recipes but rather would add a “little of this and a pinch of that.” She also crocheted quite a bit and liked working crossword puzzles. She had a green thumb, tending to her flowers and a raising a large garden every year. Her porch was filled with beautiful blooms during the summer and at the end of the growing season for the garden, she would put up several hundred quarts of fruits and vegetables to share with other family members. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Terri Litmer of Enochsburg; sister Carol Ann Litmer of Enochsburg; grandson Jacob Robinson of Shelbyville, Indiana and granddaughter Claire Litmer of Enochsburg. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Marjorie Litmer.Due to the Governor’s mandate of gatherings being limited to 10 people, a private graveside service will be held Friday at St. Catherine of Siena’s Enochsburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine of Siena’s Enochsburg Parish Building Fund or to the Ripley County Humane Society and sent to the funeral home in care of the family. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Nettie’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”last_img read more

People are angry Zion Williamson is the ‘NBA 2K’ next-gen athlete over Luka Doncic, Ja Morant

People are angry Zion Williamson is the ‘NBA 2K’ next-gen athlete over Luka Doncic, Ja Morant

first_imgThe No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft remains one of the most exciting prospects in the league and a potential superstar for years to come. He averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game before the coronavirus pandemic halted the campaign. But fans of rival teams are irked youngsters with more experience under their belts were overlooked by the annual basketball video game.The future is here 💪 @ZionWilliamson is our Cover Athlete for Next Gen #NBA2K21Pre-orders begin July 2nd pic.twitter.com/HCbHEOZUfL— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) July 1, 2020MORE: NBA smart rings could have dangerous consequences Zion Williamson’s limited NBA playing time has some fans upset about the video game hype he’s receiving.Williamson has been named the “NBA 2K” next-gen cover athlete over the likes of Luka Doncic and Ja Morant despite suiting up just 19 games so far in his rookie season because of a knee injury. While there’s definitely a case for Williamson over Morant given their expected career paths, Doncic is already an MVP candidate in his second NBA season at 20 years old. He would have been a very worthy cover star.Williamson, however, has received a ton of hype since his dunks back in college became regular highlights, and his high-flying style perhaps helped his standing with “NBA 2K” decision makers.Here’s a look at what people had to say about the choice on social media:Did Luka , ja Morant , Trae young and jayson Tatum all retire this week ? https://t.co/agQZlqsVR2— john (@iam_johnw) July 1, 2020So y’all just gon disrespect Ja Morant, Luka and Jayson Tatum like this?😂Mans only played 19 games https://t.co/62Ba3EwKpQ— J Herbo™️ (RIP Bean🏆🐍) (@YPballin) July 1, 2020Zion hasn’t done enough to be on the cover of 2K imo. Next Gen edition should’ve been Luka, Trae, Tatum or Ja.— Legend ☘️ (@LarrysGoated) July 1, 2020GIVE ME MY LUKA COVER! HE PLAYED MORE THAN 19 GAMES https://t.co/f2C0cenYeU— Arturo Torres (@arturodraws) July 1, 2020Luka Doncic and Ja Morant seeing Zion on the cover of 2K. pic.twitter.com/MS0kS1Y1xf— RichyRichThicc (@richyrichthicc) July 1, 2020“What about Ja?”😭😭😭“Where’s Luka”😢😢😢“He’s only played 20 games”🤬🤬Man the Zion haters are sickpic.twitter.com/r0DyKZZ0EV— The Brotherhood (@BrotherhoodCBB) July 1, 2020last_img read more

Do Liverpool have squad depth to compete on two fronts?

Do Liverpool have squad depth to compete on two fronts?

first_imgOf the seven players brought into the starting line-up by Klopp at Burnley, Keita made the strongest case to retain his place at Bournemouth, where there will have to be at least one change, with defender Joe Gomez sidelined for up to six weeks after fracturing his leg.At Turf Moor, Keita showed he was willing to fight for the ball but also provided forward impetus once he got it, almost scoring with a shot that Joe Hart saved brilliantly.“He started the season brilliantly and obviously then getting an injury set him back a little bit. But you can see how good a player he is,” said captain Jordan Henderson.“That shot with the left foot and the save from Hart was fantastic. In his overall play he is comfortable on the ball and he helps build up play from the back. He drives the ball forward, which is big for us. I thought he was outstanding.”As a whole, though, Liverpool lack the strength in depth of Manchester City, the team they will have to surpass in order to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.City had a rather more comfortable night at Watford on Tuesday, despite only winning 2-1, as Pep Guardiola rotated his squad.It raises the question as to whether Liverpool can afford to go full out for both the Champions League and Premier League. Fail to get the right result against Napoli in their final European group-stage game next Tuesday, and the decision will be made for them.Henderson, though, is remaining positive.“The games are coming thick and fast, a lot of games in a short space of time but we showed we can use the squad and still perform to the level we know we are capable of and win games — and that’s a big plus for us,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp Bournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Naby Keita has started to show he can add creativity to Liverpool’s midfield but Jurgen Klopp may question his squad’s strength in depth despite securing two Premier League wins in four days.Klopp is likely to revert to his tried-and-trusted first choices at Bournemouth on Saturday, having been a little lucky on Wednesday to emerge with a 3-1 win at Burnley after making seven changes to his line-up.There were good reasons for so many changes — the match came hot on the heels of Sunday’s dramatic late derby victory over Everton, at the start of a frantic month that features home games against Napoli, Manchester United and Arsenal.In addition, full-back Andy Robertson and forward Sadio Mane were injured, and so Klopp would have had to shuffle his players around even if rotation had not been on his mind.Yet Liverpool were second-best for the opening hour at Turf Moor against opponents without a victory since September 30, and only turned the match around in the final 30 minutes, when Klopp brought on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.It was evidence of just how important Salah, Firmino and Sane are to the Liverpool cause, even if they have not necessarily been at their best this season.During Liverpool’s struggles on Wednesday, though, the performance of Keita did give Klopp reason to be positive.The Guinea midfielder’s impact has been restricted by injury problems since his arrival from RB Leipzig in July but he is starting to look at home in the English game.His creativity is likely to be crucial, given that Liverpool have been short of such a player following the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January and because of the long-term knee injury suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in April.– Keita makes his case –last_img read more