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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Navy Frigate Requirements Will Be Finalized Soon, Will Inform Decision on Hull Downselect

USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2)The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is working with both its shipbuilders to determine how to bring the current LCS designs into a more lethal and survivable frigate design, while it works with other Navy offices to finalize the frigate requirements.

The Navy decided the last 20 of its 52 LCSs would instead be a modified LCS, later renamed a frigate.

Though many details are still being worked out, PEO LCS Rear Adm. Brian Antonio told USNI News in an interview at Washington Navy Yard that the frigate will be an LCS, plus more guns, a multi-functioned towed array for submarine detection, over-the-horizon radar and a light-weight torpedo countermeasure, plus the potential to add “capability enhancement” packages – either a 30mm gun and rigid-hull inflatable boats for visit, board, search and seizure missions, or additional sonars.

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