Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships Will Be on the Front Lines in the Pacific, SWO Boss Says

After years of setbacks, the Navy’s littoral combat ships are going to see a surge in missions in the Pacific, where leaders say they’ll be out front as the U.S. seeks to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

The Navy has identified the missions the LCS will fulfill in U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander of​ Naval Surface Forces, said this week.

“If you look at the things we want to do and the 7th Fleet … that’s what [Vice Adm. William Merz] wants to use them for,” Kitchener said Tuesday during the annual Surface Navy Association

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