US Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth’s (LCS 3) has swapped crews in Sembawang, Singapore, February 17. The LCS Crew 103 Rough Riders boarded the vessel.
Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, LCS Crew 104 commanding officer, said:
The Feb. 17 crew turnover with Crew 103 is the fourth turnover between Crews 104 and 103.
Crew 104 will arrive at their homeport of San Diego Feb. 18, where the crew will spend time training on-shore and off the California coast before redeploying in May to Marinette, Wisconsin, and serving as the commissioning crew for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Milwaukee (LCS 5), the third ship in the Freedom class.
Crew 103 comes aboard with about 100 Sailors, which includes Sailors from HSM-35 Detachment 2 and SUW Mission Package Detachment 1. Shortly after crew swap, Fort Worth will get underway and conduct port visits, patrols, and starting with Foal Eagle in March, exercises with regional navies throughout U.S. 7th Feet. Held annually with the Republic of Korea navy, Foal Eagle also is the first exercise in Northeast Asia that incorporates LCS participation.
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