Thursday, December 18, 2008
Navy officials are encouraged by the maiden voyage of a small combat ship that maneuvers easily and swiftly in shallow waters. John Young, the Pentagon's top weapons buyer, says the Navy is likely to buy 64 or more vessels like the USS Freedom, which has been making its way from Milwaukee to Norfolk, Virginia.
USS Freedom (LCS 1)Freedom crew member Lt. Daniel Albright from Akron says sailors don't yet know everything that the ship can do and are still finding things that could make it better. Young says the small surface vessel has the speed to deal, for example, with the pirate situation off Somalia.