House Panel Backs U.S. Navy Plan Calling for 4 More LCS’ Next Year | gCaptain – Maritime & Offshore News

May 21 (Bloomberg) — A House defense panel has agreed with the U.S. Navy’s request to buy four additional Littoral Combat Ships in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

The House Armed Services Committee’s seapower panel endorsed continued production of two ships each of versions made by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal Ltd.

The $37 billion program to buy 52 vessels continues to face questions about its mission, cost, vulnerability and manning. A confidential Navy study, obtained this month by Bloomberg News, found that the ships, intended for missions close to shore, are too lightly armed, that plans to swap equipment for different missions are impractical and that the decision to build two versions complicates logistics and maintenance.

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