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Why the US Navy wants to sell two Littoral Combat Ships after less than ten years in service

19th April 2023 - 15:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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USS Jackson, pictured, will be retired and put up for sale after a mere nine years in USN service under current plans. (Photo: USN)

The proposed putting up for sale of the two Independence-class LCS will be followed by the disposal of four Freedom-class ships in 2025.

As part of its force structure plans, the USN plans to put two Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) up for sale in 2024.

The ships earmarked for sale, USS Jackson and Montgomery, are among eleven hulls the USN plans to decommission next year, which also includes five Ticonderoga-class cruisers, a submarine, and three Whidbey Island-class LSDs.

The US plans to make the two LCS available under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process, having served less than 40% of their planned 25-year service lives.

If retired in 2024, USS Jackson will have served nine years with the

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