LCS Crew 103 to Deploy to Singapore, Take Command of Fort Worth
A major milestone for the Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) program, LCS Crew 103 known as the “Rough Riders,” will fly out of San Diego this Sunday to meet USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in Singapore. This will be the first operational demonstration of the “3-2-1” rotational crew concept where three crews rotate between two ships, with one of the two ships always forward deployed.
Crew 103 will assume command of the ship from Crew 104, known as the “Juggernauts,” and continue the mission of forward presence. During their deployment, the Rough Riders will conduct several port visits and take part in exercises with regional navies, including the first exercise involving an LCS in Northeast Asia.
As for the Juggernauts, after coming home and getting some much-deserved rest, they will head to Marinette, Wis. to take delivery of the next LCS, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), set to be delivered later this year.
When USS Fort Worth departed San Diego last November for a 16-month deployment, she was equipped with the Surface Warfare mission package and embarked aviation detachment. This is the ship’s maiden deployment and beginning of a continuous LCS presence in Singapore. This is also the first deployment of a composite aviation detachment on an LCS, with the “Magicians” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 combining the MH-60 helicopter and the Vertical Take-off and landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.