Deployment of USS Freedom shows US commitment to maintain security in Asia-Pacific

April 8, 2013 10:28 pm 

MANILA, April 8 – The incoming port call of the USS Freedom (LCS-1) to Manila Tuesday highlights the US Navy's commitment to maintain security and stability in the vital Asia-Pacific region.

The USS Freedom departed from its San Diego, California homeport last March 1 for its maiden deployment to the region.

"(USS)Freedom's maiden deployment is another clear signal of the Navy's enduring commitment to maintain security and stability in the vital Asia-Pacific region," US Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Cecil Haney said.

"Rotationally deploying our new littoral combat ships improves our warfighting capability and directly supports the Navy's rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific," he added.

Vice Admiral Scott Swift, US 7th Fleet commander, said USS Freedom's deployment to the region is a tremendous opportunity for the USN to bring its newest capability forward to conduct maritime security operations, port visits, and exercises with US allies, partners and friends alongside its other units.

The ship arrived at the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility second week of March.

The US Navy said that during the first LCS deployment, USS Freedom will demonstrate its operational capabilities and allow the Navy to evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans.

Fast, agile, and mission-focused, LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. (PNA)



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