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The Navy is sending one of its newest ships to hunt high-seas drug smugglers.

09 Feb 2019

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Military Times

A littoral combat ship is slated to deploy to the waters of US Southern Command this year to battle drug smugglers, its top officer told lawmakers Thursday.

SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Craig Faller declared America's opioid epidemic "a national security crisis" during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee and said an LCS will patrol South American and Caribbean waters to interdict illicit narcotics.

While 2017 and 2018 were record years for drug seizures in his command, Faller said much work remains to be done.

The admiral did not identify which LCS would undertake the mission but indicated it also could be available for exercises and other duties alongside partner nations the SOUTHCOM's area of responsibility, a sprawling command that sprawls across 31 countries and 16 dependencies and represents about one-sixth of the world's landmass.

(Posted on Little Rock website 09 Feb 2019)

LCS Blue-Gold Crews Catch On!
"The US Navy is planning for its new frigate to be a workhorse"

30 Jan 2019

The following excerpts are from an article
By David B. Larterz
published January 30, 2019 by Military Times

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is looking to get a lot of underway time out of its new frigate and is eyeing a crewing model that swaps out teams of sailors to maximize the operational time for each hull.

The so-called blue-gold crewing model effectively creates two crews for each ship of the class. The blue crew and gold crew switch out to keep the ships at sea for as long as possible without breaking the sailors and their families. It’s the model the Navy has used for years on the ballistic missile submarines and is employing on the littoral combat ships, but now the model is likely to extend to the LCS successor, said Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, the Chief of Naval Operations’ surface warfare director.

Further into the article Mr. Larter continues......

Lessons from LCS

Getting more simulator time for surface sailors has been an initiative championed by the Navy’s top surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Rich Brown. It’s an off-shoot from lessons-learned from FFG(X)’s predecessor, the LCS, which has extremely high-fidelity simulator trainers for its crews before they take over their assigned hulls.

One thing the surface force has been intrigued to see has been the high quality of the officers that come up through the LCS program, something the Navy in part attributes to the trainers, Boxall said, and the SWOs want to replicate that for the FFG(X).

"One really interesting side-note with LCS has been the quality of the training," Boxall said........

"This has meant that LCS officers more-than stack up to their peers from larger, more advanced ships," he added. The littoral combat ship adopted the Blue-Gold crewing model after a series of high-profile breakdowns, some caused by crew errors. The original model was to have three crews for two hulls, a rotational model that the Navy worried was taking away from the sense of ownership for a single, specific hull that permanently attached crews might have to a greater degree.

The program was reorganized to a Blue-Gold model, which required hundreds of new billets for the LCS program....

Both minesweepers and patrol craft, two other workhorse platforms in the surface community, operate under a Blue-Gold crewing model as well.

However, it may not be a model that the Navy will pursue on the large surface combatant now in development. That ship may be better with a lower operational tempo, Boxall said.

"We’ll look and see if that makes sense on the large surface combatant or not.... Maybe those are better ships to keep as a surge force, maybe they’re fine operating on a lower rotational model."

(Posted on Little Rock website 31 Jan 2019)

"USS Little Rock LCS 9 Change of Command and Crew"

09 November 2018

On 09 November 2018 LITTLE ROCK Blue Crew (Warhogs) turned the ship over to LITTLE ROCK Gold Crew (Scorpions) in the first ever Exchange of Command.

CDR Bush and the crew of Little Rock Gold relieved CDR Peters and the crew of Little Rock Blue and took the Watch of USS Little Rock LCS 9 in an Exchange of Command Ceremony held on the Flight Deck.

CAPT Johnston, Commodore of LCSRON TWO, presided over the ceremony.

"Thank you, USS Little Rock Blue Crew - Warhawgs for setting us up for success. We will continue the legacy of excellence."

(Posted on Little Rock website 16 Jan 2019)

LCS 9 News Articles
(Listed by date Issued)


   Announcement of LCS 6 and LCS 8 Names - March 24, 2011
   The next Littoral Combat Ship will be named "USS Little Rock" - July 15, 2011
   Ship Naming Ceremony - October 5, 2011
   Update - December 4, 2012
   Blog post on the LCS program from RADM John F. Kirby - June 10, 2013


   Lockheed Martin Press Release - June 27, 2013
   Keel Laying Ceremony - June 27, 2013
   Navy Times Article - June 28, 2013
   SecNav Ray Mabus visits LCS 9 at Marinette Marine Corp. - September 12, 2013
   Article: "USS Little Rock, From Light to Guided Missile Cruiser" - December 23, 2013
   Article on LCS Program - August 4, 2014
   USS Little Rock LCS 9 Basing - August 7, 2014
   Marinette Marine Corporation Photo - October 2014
   "Mayport Moves Closer To Being LCS Hub On East Coast" - November 13, 2014
   LCS Now Officially Called A Frigate - January 15, 2015


   Christening, Launching and Commissioning of U.S. Navy Ships - February 1, 2015
   LITTLE ROCK is moved out of construction building! - March 21, 2015
   Navy continues funding for Marinette Marine combat ships - April 1, 2015
   LITTLE ROCK Mast Stepping Ceremony - April 23, 2015
   LITTLE ROCK is Christened at Marinette Marine - July 18, 2015
   US Navy Commissions new USS Little Rock next to namesake - August 5, 2015
   Pentagon Cuts LCS to 40 Ships, 1 Shipbuilder - December 17, 2015
   LCS 9 Crew 109's Mayport Crew Commissioning Ceremony - January 8, 2016


   "New USS Little Rock to be commissioned at Canalside" - April 16, 2016
   New USS Little Rock to be commissioned in Buffalo - April 26, 2016
   LCS Crew 109 Volunteers With USS Little Rock Association - May 15, 2016
   Mayoort set to welcome two more 'ships of the future' - December 30, 2016
   LITTLE ROCK LCS 9 Completes Builder's Trials - August 21, 2017
   "New USS Little Rock passes seaworthy test" (Video) August 31, 2017


   Navy service nearing for future USS Little Rock Commissioning - October 8, 2017
   New USS Little Rock Commissioning set for Dec. 16 at Canalside - October 18, 2017
   Furute USS Little Rock to be Commissioned in Buffalo, New York - October 31, 2017
   'New' USS Litle Rock a tribut to Buffalo, Navy's proud past = November 6, 2017
   Commissioning of USS Little Rock to take place on Dec. 16 - November 10, 2017
   USS Little Rock commissioning events announced - November 10, 2017
   USS Little Rock has OFficial Chicken Wing Recipe - November 17, 2017
   Lockheed Martin makes the combat ship more lethal - November 18, 2017
   No more tickets left for Commissioning Ceremony - November 20, 2017
   USS Little Rock arrives Dec. 8, but getting a tour will be tough! - November 27, 2017
   Little Rock LCS 9 to arrive in Buffalo earlier than expected - November 29, 2017
   Dec. 16 Commissioning Ceremony set for USS Little Rock - December 1, 2017


   The U.S. Navy's Newest Ship is Trapped in Canada - January 22, 2018
   USS Little Rock crew embraces being stuck in Montreal January 24, 2018
   USS Little Rock LCS 9 departs Montreal 31 March 2018
   USS Little Rock LCS 9 Stops at Little Creek, VA
   USS Little Rock LCS 9 will participate in Fleet Week 2018
   USS Little Rock Visited by Thousands at Fleet Week 2018 while open to the public at Staten Island, NY


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