The USS Freedom, one of the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships, arrived in Singapore today as part of an 8-month Asian deployment. As far as we know, it came into port under its own power. This is the same ship, after all, that has had a whole, excuse the pun, boatload of problems since it was delivered to the Navy by contractor Lockheed Martin. We’re talking corrosion, flooding, engine failures. Things that you don’t really expect from a line of ships that cost $357 million apiece and are supposed to have cutting edge, close-to-shore combat capabilities. (Photo from the Navy’s official flickr stream)
Why the F-35 Lightning Can’t Fly in Lightning, Yet
The Pentagon’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, has an embarrassing problem. Despite its name, it can’t fly within 25 miles of a lightning storm for fear of exploding.