US Navy combat ship plows into Canadian freighter

A US Navy Freedom-class combat ship so new it hasn’t even been commissioned but has smashed into a berthed Canadian freighter in Montreal, one other black mark on the status of the troubled combat vessels.

The American littoral combat ship, slated to be commissioned because the USS Billings, hit the Quebecois dry bulk vessel on Monday in a collision that broken each ships however didn’t trigger any casualties among the many crew. The crash occurred because the Billings was being tugged out to sea, after the tugs solid off their traces. The American ship’s starboard bridge wing was broken, in keeping with a spokesperson for Naval Surface Force Atlantic, although harm to each ships continues to be being assessed. The American ship has been retained in Montreal for additional inspection regardless that it was reportedly “succesful” of crusing on to its residence base, Naval Station Mayport in Florida.

The Navy is conducting an investigation to know what occurred and why. We will incorporate classes discovered to make sure we conduct secure and efficient operations,” Navy spokesperson Lt.Cmdr. Courtney Hillson informed FreightWaves.

The crash is barely the newest misfortune to befall the Navy’s Freedom class of littoral combat ships, whose observe document of huge price overruns and design flaws rivals the troubled F-35 fighter jet. The National Interest steered they is perhaps “the worst US Navy warship ever,” and as of December not a single one of many 11 which have been constructed was in operational use, regardless of 16 years spent creating what was supposed to be a “comparatively cheap floor combatant,” full with a number of “mission modules” permitting the essential body to be remodeled into a minesweeper, submarine-hunter, or fighter boat.

Issues with radar and restricted self-defense capabilities have led the Pentagon’s Operational Test and Evaluation workplace to conclude that neither the Freedom class nor its cousin the Independence class are “survivable in high-intensity combat,” and the Pentagon reduce its order of the vessels by 20 in 2014.