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US 7th Fleet wants more LCS in Indo-Pacific region

16th August 2022 - 05:17 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


This photo shows USS Jackson, one of two Independence-class LCS of the USN currently stationed in Singapore. (Photo: USN)

The USN has barely been able to station two LCS in the Asia-Pacific region, but it says it would like more.

The USN’s 7th Fleet hopes to bring more Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) into the Indo-Pacific region, as maritime security shifts towards the Pacific islands.

The USN currently has two Independence-class LCS in the region, USS Jackson and Charleston.

Ahead of the opening of Exercise SEACAT, VAdm Karl Thomas, Commander of 7th Fleet, told Shephard: ‘Our intention is to bring more LCS out here in Singapore, giving us more opportunities to operate them in the areas that the ship is perfectly suited for.’

Cpt Thomas Ogden, Commander of Destroyer Squadron Seven, added: ‘We would all take as

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Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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