Small Warships? Call Me Crazy Too!
At the brand new US Naval Institute Blog, a call for a cheap inshore fleet:
Along the lines of the “Connecticut Elephant Protection System” (”CEPS” for the acronym lovers among you), I add the concept of using billion dollar ships to keep an eye on a merchant ship already captured by Somali pirates. Using an Aegis cruiser and a few other expensive ships seems to work – the pirates haven’t moved that ship or its cargo an inch, but . . .
Yeah, I know, Abraham Maslow got it right:
“It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Maybe we need more than hammers. And we need the other tools now, not when the proposed bevy of $300,000,000 – $600,000,000 (each) Littoral Combat Ships will be available with their full package (which reminds me of another Murphy’s Law – #56. Interchangeable parts aren’t. but that’s for a later discussion).
- Take $250 million dollars and put it aside;
- Of that $250 million, use $100 million to buy or lease 50 to 100 offshore crew boats as currently used in the offshore oil industry (many of them are reaching the end of their expected useful life in the industry – you might be able to pick up some bargains).
- Invest $50 million in refurbishing the boats and in getting weapons for their decks. Turn them into “navalized” vessels. Make 22 knots the minimum acceptable speed.
We support this fully! And though there is no author credit that we could find, it all sounds vaguely familiar…