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Navy calls for stand down amid ship troubles

Posted at 6:06 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 21:06:35-04

A big move by the Navy has revealed major trouble for ships based out of San Diego and Coronado.

The Commander of Naval Surface Forces ordered a stand down for all engineering crews on Littoral Combat Ships.

They plan to re-train every Sailor involved in engineering on those ships.

The training and testing should be completed after 30 days.

Problems have been plaguing the LCS.

It started in December. The USS Milwaukee had just been commissioned. It was headed to its homeport in San Diego when engine troubles sidelined it.

The next month, the USS Fort Worth was in southeast Asia. Something damaged the engine's gearing system.  It is headed back to San Diego for repairs.

Then in July, a seawater leak triggered an engine failure in the USS Freedom. The crippled ship worked its way back into Naval Base San Diego.

The USS Coronado, which is also homeported here, was supposed to replace the Fort Worth. On Aug. 29, an engine failure left it limping back to Pearl Harbor.

The new class of warships is supposed to be smaller, faster and smarter. In a matter of months, four of six LCS's in service have fallen short.

You can read the Navy's release here.