The Navy has scrapped “3-2-1” crew manning of the Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) in favor of a Blue-Gold crew concept. It also will permanently assign mission modules to hulls and dedicate four
hulls to research and development (R&D). These changes resulted from a program review initiated by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson that coincidently was announced shortly after the third and fourth LCSs suffered catastrophic engineering casualties.
As Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, explained, “the thing we've learned in this program [LCS] is it takes continual assessment. You have to have continual feedback from the crews, the ships, the fleet commanders to determine what works and what doesn't work.”