The US Navy commissioned its latest littoral combat ship (LCS), the USS Jackson, on 05 December 2015 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Jackson is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric ‘anti-access’ threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
Littoral combat ships are designed to mount and support amphibious operations and to operate close into hostile shores. The Jackson’s sea frames will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules made up of mission systems and support equipment to wage mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or surface warfare missions.
In July 2015, the National Defense journal noted that the littoral combat ship class has been the subject of harsh criticism throughout the US defense industry as critics claim it is unsuitable for warfare and un-survivable in combat.
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