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The first two littoral combat ships will be leaving the Navy fleet later this year, just over a decade after the Navy commissioned both of them. The ships were intended to last a quarter century.

  • Former Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Seth Cropsey said the strategic situation has changed since the littoral combat ships were introduced, when the Navy’s biggest issue was the War on Terror.
  • While some have praised the recent performance of littoral combat ships in counternarcotics missions, Cropsey said the Navy must decide if those missions are more important than the possibility of war with China in the Western Pacific.
  • Cropsey said the Navy must define its mission and convince Congress and the American people that it is worth spending money on.
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