PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, April 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship deployed to Asia is to return to California for repairs to its combining gears, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said.
Preparations for the engineering repairs, inspections, lube oil system flushes and other work on the USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) will take several months.
"The decision to complete full repair of Fort Worth's combining gears in San Diego was based on several factors, including maintenance timelines, efficiency of repairs, and shipyard capabilities," the Navy said. "Repairs will be conducted during Fort Worth's previously scheduled selected restricted-availability (period) with docking maintenance period, reducing the overall cost to the Navy."
Problems with the ship's combining gears were discovered in January.
The USS Fort Worth will sail for San Diego from Singapore in June. The trip is expected to take about six weeks.