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Newest U.S. Warship Will Miss World’s Largest Naval Exercise

Defense News reports that “it’s the biggest naval exercise in the world, and it happens only every other year. This summer, nearly 50 ships from at least 16 navies will gather at Pearl Harbor for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, hosted by the US Navy.”  

“Ships from as far away as India, France and even Norway will participate, and the highlight is expected to be the first-ever participation of a Chinese naval squadron.”  

“Nearly every kind of US warship will take part. But notably absent — again — will be the newest type of US warship, the littoral combat ship.”  

“In fact, although this will be the third RIMPAC since the type entered service in late 2008, an LCS has appeared only once in the exercises, even though all littoral combat ships are based in not-too-far-away San Diego.”

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