New Report Darkens Reputation Of Navy Ship

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), the first ship in the Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship class, prepares to go to sea to begin acceptance trials in August 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi L. Scott/Released)

The raids should have been a gold star for the Navy. A trial run for a newly designed ship turned into a series of successful missions against cocaine smugglers, resulting in the capture of nine smugglers and over five tons of cocaine. But the early 2010 victories were darkened, quite literally, by a power failure on March 6 that left the ship briefly adrift at sea.