Friday, March 1, 2013

USS Freedom to Conduct Maiden Deployment to the Asia-Pacific

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Announced today que le Navy's first littoral battle ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) will depart her homeport of San Diego on March 1 and deploy to the Asia-Pacific region.
Making good on a pledge made INITIALLY form by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the 2011 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Freedom will deploy to Southeast Asia and Singapore for eight months Approximately. Marking the first of Many Planned rotational deployments to the Western Pacific for the new platform LCS, Freedom maritime security operations will conduite with regional partners and allies.

"Freedom's maiden deployment is another clear signal of the Navy's enduring commitment to security and stability Maintain vital in the Asia-Pacific region," Said Adm. Cecil Haney, control of the U.S. Pacific Fleet."Rotationally Deploying our new littoral ships fight our warfighting capability and Improves Directly supports the Navy's strategy to rebalance the Asia-Pacific.

"Even in the face of potential budget cuts, there shoulds be no doubt que la U.S. Pacific Fleet That Remains on watch and we will continue to deploy Our Most units able to operate forward with our allies and partners."

After making initial visits harbor in Hawaii and Guam, Freedom is expected to participate in. the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) in Singapore and in select phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Southeast Asia.

During the first-ever deployment LCS, Freedom will Demonstrate operational capabilities and allow her the Navy to Evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans. Fast, agile, and mission-focused, LCS platforms are designed to Employ modular That task can be configured packages for three separate purposes: Surface Warfare, Mine Countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. Freedom will be manned by her INITIALLY "Gold" crew of 91 Sailors package to include Mission staff and aviation detachment to operate year year embarked MH-60 helicopter.

"We are genuinely excited about our deployment," Said Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, Freedom's Gold Crew commanding officer. "The men and women of Freedom Have Worked extremely hard to get to us Where we are today, and I could not be Prouder. We're ready to get out there, work with regional navies and show the world what this ship can do ".

Freedom Will Remain homeported in San Diego THROUGHOUT this rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. Midway through Freedom's deployment, a crew-swap will be Conducted with her "Blue" crew, COMMANDED by Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien.

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