Tuesday, May 01, 2012

LCS & the Return of the Black Ships ...

No - and not in a good way. Get the high-res here to really be able to give it a view ---- but ...

120428-N-ZS026-561 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 28, 2012) The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2), foreground, underway during a passing exercise with the Mexican Navy frigate ARM Hermenegildo Galeana (F 202) following Independence's port visit to Manzanillo, Mexico. Galeana is former U.S. Navy frigate USS Bronstein (FF 1037). Bronstein was commissioned June 1963, decommissioned in 1990, then transferred to the Mexican Navy in 1993 and began active service as Galeana in 2012. Independence's Gold Crew and embarked Mine Countermeasures Detachment 1 are underway for the ship's maiden voyage to its homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
Yes, I see the standing water telling us it probably just went through a shower. Yes, I understand unpainted aluminum. Still, that is one nasty looking ship. Imagine the condition of that thing inside and out at the end of her maybe-some-day 4-months max deployment. (due to not enough Sailors to take care of her properly).

... and yes - that is the 51-yr old ex-BRONSTEIN in the background.

Hat tip SW.

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