Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Module Fleet Information Day Held at Naval Base San Diego
By Dave Hostetler, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Naval Surface Forces and Program Executive Office Littoral and Mine Warfare hosted the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Module Fleet Information Day at Naval Base San Diego on Sept. 17. San Diego was selected as the location for the information day because the first LCS, Freedom (LCS 1) will be homeported there.

The event was organized to inform shipboard sailors and shore-based maintenance crews what to expect with the new LCS Mission modules and to enhance their understanding of LCS's inherent capabilities.

"As the commissioning of the first Littoral Combat Ship is rapidly approaching, the LCS Mission Package Fleet Day was held in San Diego to inform the waterfront leadership of what capabilities to expect from our newest surface combatant," said Cmdr. Paul Lommel, LCS Action Officer for Naval Surface Forces.

Approximately 90 Sailors and contractors attended the event to learn more about LCS. The informative briefs were extremely well received by all in attendance and helped fuel the excitement that surrounds the LCS program."

Captain Mike Good, the LCS Mission Modules Program manager, and his team presented a detailed overview of the design and capabilities of the LCS mission modules packages (mine warfare, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare), shore support, training and LCS seaframe integration. Captain Good added, "The interchange we had with waterfront personnel helped highlight some areas we need to look at as we refine the LCS Wholeness and Warfighting Concept of Operations (CONOPS). It was a great first formal interchange with Fleet personnel on the Mission Modules. We look forward to continuing this dialogue on a regular basis."

Freedom is scheduled to be commissioned Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, WI and will continue its testing prior to reaching its homeport of San Diego, Ca.
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