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Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal U.S. Report Finds

Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal U.S. Report Finds 07 May 2013 U.S. Navy leaders were warned last year that a $37 billion program to build Littoral Combat Ships can't meet its promised mission because the vessels are too lightly manned and armed, according to a confidential report. "This review highlights the gap between ship capabilities and the missions the Navy will need LCS to execute," said the report prepared last year for the Navy by Rear Admiral Samuel Perez. "Failure to adequately address LCS requirements and capabilities will result in a large number of ships that are ill-suited to execute" regional commanders' warfighting needs. The 36-page report obtained by Bloomberg News is at odds with assurances from Navy leaders that their project is on course to deliver a small, speedy and adaptable ship intended to patrol waters close to shore.