The USS Freedom, LCS 1, came back to its homeport of San Diego today, December 23, after its first deployment to Southeast Asia, the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom had a long first deployment. USS Freedom has two different crews consisting of 53 sailors each. Other detachments and an air crew also join the USS Freedom crews when needed.
The ship originally left San Diego on March 1st with its gold crew and mid-deployment the blue crew swapped spots with the gold crew aboard USS Freedom.
Unfortunately, USS Freedom encountered multiple structural errors and mechanical problems throughout its deployment. The ship had to stop for port maintenance three times within the 9-month deployment.
According to a Navy press release, USS Freedom participated in many theater security and maritime presence operations with partner nations in Asia. The Navy ship also helped with humanitarian assistance and disaster response by delivering life-saving supplies after Typhoon Haiyan recently hit the Philippines.
Commander Dale Heinken of USS Freedom’s Blue Crew stated: â€œThis deployment was a huge success for the LCS program; for us as a crew, and for the Navy in general.â€
USS Freedom is a new type of vessel called a littoral combat ship that’s designed to undergo near-shore operations and can be configured for anti-submarine, mine countermeasures, and surface warfare.
Of the Littoral Combat Ships, the next vessel to deploy will be San Diego-based ship USS Fort Worth. USS Fort Worth is predicted to deploy late next year.
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