The U.S. Pacific Fleet's commander is hailing the first overseas deployment of the Navy's newest ship.
Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. says the USS Freedom's recent eight-month assignment to Singapore demonstrated the U.S. commitment to focus on Asia and the Pacific.
The Freedom encountered some mechanical problems that kept it in port for part of its time abroad.
But Harris said in an interview Thursday the problems taught the Navy lessons about what parts of the ship fail more often. He says this will help the Navy decide what spare parts the ship needs to keep on hand.
He says the Navy will apply those lessons to future deployments.
The Freedom is a littoral combat ship, which is small enough to move among Southeast Asia's many islands and shallow waters.