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New Navy Ship Suffers ‘Minor’ Damage from Fires at Sea

LCS Coronado

The LCS Coronado leaves the Austal USA assembly bay in Mobile, Ala.

The newest littoral combat ship (LCS) caught fire twice during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an article in Defense News.

From the article:

The incident happened as the ship was conducting a full-power demonstration and running at high speed. Insulation on the starboard diesel exhaust first smoldered, then ignited but, according to the official, the flames were “extinguished immediately.”

Shortly after, the lagging on the port diesel exhaust repeated the sequence and again, the flames were immediately put out.

The LCS is a new type of vessel that is designed for close-to-shore operations. The ship that caught fire was the Coronado, the second ship of the Independence class LCS. The Project On Government Oversight has long been a critic of the LCS, both for the way it was bought and for the numerous cracks, corrosion, and failing equipment found on the LCS Freedom, the first LCS ship.

Read more about the latest problems with the LCS in Defense News.

Image from the U.S. Navy.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Defense, Littoral Combat Ship

Authors: Andre Francisco

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