LCS Freedom to deploy ahead of schedule
The littoral combat ship Freedom will be deployed two years early, in early 2010, U.S. Navy officials announced Tuesday.
In a written statement, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead called the decision "a big step forward in getting this ship where it needs to be," operating in shallow waters in the Pacific and near South America.
Built by Lockheed Martin Corp., Freedom is the first of two LCS. The second, Independence, was built in Mobile at Austal USA by a General Dynamics Corp.-led team
Independence is in testing and scheduled for delivery by year's end.
The Navy has said it will, in 2010, choose between the two LCS designs before ordering additional ships...