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    The Short Life of the New USS Little Rock: Design Flaws, Setbacks Lead to Decommissioning

    The Short Life of the New USS Little Rock: Design Flaws, Setbacks Lead to Decommissioning

    Some 8,500 people turned out on Dec. 16, 2017, to watch the commissioning of the $440 million Little Rock — draped in red, white and blue bunting — at Buffalo and Erie County Naval &  Park.

    That now appears to have been the ship's only bright moment.

    Not even six years later, the USS Little Rock will be decommissioned on March 31 at Mayport Naval Station in Florida, where it is stationed.

    The 387-foot-long vessel was imperiled from the with significant design flaws that the Navy has concluded cannot be overcome.

    U.S. Navy officials first announced at a media briefing almost a year ago that nine Freedom-class littoral combat ships would be decommissioned as part of the 2023 fiscal year budget.

    “It's somewhat of an embarrassment,” said Paul Marzello, the Naval Park's executive director. “It was a happy moment, a proud moment on Dec. 16, 2017, and here it is five and a half years later, and she's being decommissioned.”

    “It is really a disappointment,” said Maurice Naylon, who chaired the commissioning committee. “We were so proud of the way we joined forces for this historic event, and it certainly put a nice sheen on Buffalo's reputation.”

    The Little Rock suffered a major failure at sea in 2020, six weeks after departing Mayport on its first deployment due to a flaw in the propulsion system, according to defensennews.com.

    The nine Lockheed Martin-built high-speed vessels…

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