Littoral combat ship’s maiden deployment marked by highs, lows – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide

The USS Freedom’s maiden deployment to Southeast Asia officially came to a close Tuesday when the first-in-class littoral combat ship crossed the international dateline and left the 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility, Navy officials said.

The Freedom’s 10-month rotational deployment to Singapore was marked by successes — dropping off relief supplies in some of the Philippines’ hardest-hit areas after Typhoon Haiyan last month — and nagging disappointments, as maintenance issues kept the $500 million ship in port on three occasions.

The Navy has not made an official announcement on which littoral ship will replace the Freedom, but Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert was quoted by Jane’s Defence Weekly as saying it would be the USS Fort Worth. Navy officials told Stars and Stripes this week that the next LCS will arrive in Singapore in late 2014.

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