An undated announcement at the NAVAIR web site signals a departure from this predicament.
Recently, Mr. John S. Thackrah, ASN (RDA) approved the decoupling of the VTUAV program schedule from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). This will maintain the VTUAV FY09 Initial Operating Capability. The Fleet Forces Command is in the process of identifying an air-capable ship to use for integrated testing. This capability will be delivered to the warfighters as soon as possible. [Viewed May 4, 2009].