GAO: US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Lacks Lethality, Survivability Tests

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Littoral Combat ShipThe Government Accountability Office has issued a report that finds insufficient testing on the lethality and survivability of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship.

GAO’s report stems from a provision under the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 to evaluate LCS survivability.

GAO said Friday the LCS became less lethal and survivable in threat environments after the Navy lowered the ship’s design requirements and removed a number of features.

The Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation also recommended further testing on the LCS variants to confirm that they meet the requirements in threat environments.

The Navy plans to assess the LCS’ survivability and will need until 2018 to complete the tests.

The office recommends that Congress delay the funding for LCS in fiscal year 2016 until the Navy completes rough water trials report, acquisition strategy and backfit plan for the ship.


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