If a crew does not lube the gears...there are going to be problems.Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth Sidelined in Singapore with Propulsion System Damage
In Singapore, Another US Navy LCS Is Sidelined With Machinery Problems
Navy Littoral Ship Sidelined in Singapore After Gear Damage
This does not mean that the class has any inherent issue. It just means the crew has to perform better and follow procedure. it is likely to lead to some reprimands and perhaps a loss in command.A Navy memo said the cause was likely the lack of lube oil in the combining gears.
“During startup of the main propulsion diesel engines, lube oil was not supplied to the ship’s combining gears,” according to the memo. Running the dry gears “resulted in high temperature alarms on the port and starboard combining gears.”
No need to jump on the anti-LCS band wagon over something like this.
The same type of thing would happen on any vessels if such basic maintenance was not performed.