New Combat Ship May Carry Higher Costs For Years: Report

By Dietrich Knauth (July 9, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT) -- The Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship may carry additional unpredictable operating costs for years, according to a Tuesday Government Accountability Office report that highlighted several limitations on the data gathered by the Navy during the ship's first deployment.

The LCS is a smaller attack boat designed to dominate shallow water combat, defeat enemy submarines and counter undersea mines, and was planned as a relatively cheap way to flesh out the size of the Navy's fleet and reach a goal of 300 combat ships. Two versions of the ship are in production, one built by Lockheed Martin Co. and the other built...

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