Navy Finally Sends Littoral Combat Ship To Middle East

War Zone – The Freedom class USS Sioux City recently became the first of either of the U.S. Navy’s two types of Littoral Combat Ship to deploy to Middle Eastern waters. The service has long said that these vessels, the first of which entered service in 2008, would be ideally suited to operating in the region. However, this historical trip comes as the Navy now plans to decommission and potentially sell off all of its existing Freedom class ships due to a design flaw, combat relevancy, and other considerations.