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US Navy's new warship unreliable: arms tester

Testing and analysis show 'deficiencies' in the Littoral Combat Ships

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'USS Freedom' in Singapore: The Defense Department director's report says the ship had troubles with its diesel-powered generators, air compressors and propulsion system. - FILE PHOTO

[WASHINGTON] The reliability of the US Navy's first three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) "has been degraded by frequent critical system failures" in early operations, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said. Testing in fiscal 2013 and analysis of data from fiscal 2012 "continued to identify