USS Fort Worth returning to San Diego after being sidelined for repairs

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The U.S. Navy littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) underway in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos )

SAN DIEGO — The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth is scheduled to return to its home port of San Diego on Friday, following a 23-month rotational deployment that included eight months on the sidelines in Singapore after it broke down.

As the second LCS under an initiative to deploy up to four littoral combat ships to the region on a rotational basis, Fort Worth operated out of Singapore as a maintenance and logistics hub from which the ship conducted patrols and trained with regional navies.

Its crew also joined multi-lateral search efforts in the Java Sea for Air Asia Flight 8501 in January 2015.

After completing repairs to the ship’s propulsion plant in Singapore over the summer, Fort Worth began traveling 8,500 nautical miles on its own power back to San Diego. All four main engines were available during the transit.

Five different crews operated Fort Worth during the deployment. The current crew has operated the ship since June.

“USS Fort Worth did very important work in (the) 7th Fleet on her maiden deployment the past two years,” said Cmdr. Michael D. Brasseur, commanding officer of Fort Worth.

“I am very proud of my team’s tireless work ethic and ultra-positive approach to all challenges,” Brasseur said. “Finally, I am truly grateful for the amazing support we got from our maintenance team as they helped us restore Fort Worth to full operational readiness so we could proudly sail our warship home after an awesome deployment.”