The US Navy decided to remove the US$362 million worth of littoral combat ship USS Freedom after 13 years of use, with only one time out to sea for duty.
Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) use lightweight materials to reduce draft, thereby allowing them to operate in shallow waters near shore. However, makes it easy for enemy shore defenses to sunk this LCS vulnerable. Therefore, the early LCSs were scrapped by the US early.
The decommissioning ceremony of the USS Freedom took place at Naval Base San Diego in California on September 29. This is the second LCS ship to be decommissioned by the US navy, after the USS Independence, which was retired at the end of July. The US Navy is expected to decommission four more LCS ships before March 2022.
USS Freedom was commissioned in November 2008. During 13 years of operation, this warship was deployed only once, when supporting the Coast Guard against drug smuggling in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific.
For the rest of the time, the USS Freedom mainly served the purpose of testing and training the crew. At the time of decommissioning, the crew of the USS Freedom had 9 officers and 41 sailors, 10 more than the original design.