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LCS News & Acronyms

By popular demand, here are the Fractured L*C*S* Acronyms from the weekly posts. If you’re new here, LCS officially stands for “Littoral Combat Ship“. With all the mechanical difficulties, confusion of roles, and dramatic cost-overruns, some of us in the blogosphere have created some interesting twists to what these letters really stand for!

All of these, in good fun, are presented by our dedicated Band of Readers. Feel free to add more in the comments and I’ll post them!

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Because we have slowed down on the posting of new LCS acronyms, though feel free to keep them coming, you may also post any littoral combat ship Breaking News  here, along with the appropriate discussion.

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  • Look! We’re Clueless about the Shallows
  • Lavishly Crewed Speedboat
  • Lousy Concept Ship
  • Literal Cash Sin
  • Littoral Cash Shocker
  • Listless Crunchy Ship
  • Leveraged Cost Ship
  • Listing Capital Sink
  • Littoral Combat Gyp
  • Luxury Cruise Ship
  • Less Capable Service
  • Lickity Cwick Ship
  • Low on Combat Systems
  • Low Capability Ship
  • Laughably inCapable Ship
  • Lack of Common Sense
  • Lockmart Capsizes at Sea
  • Low Cost Ship (How’d that get there!!)
  • Little Crappy Ship
  • Look for Costs to Soar
  • Looks Cool offShore
  • Literal Crap Shoot
  • Lockmart Cancels Sanity
  • Lockheed Can’t be Serious!
  • Loosely Constrained Swindle
  • Literally Costly Swindle
  • Lackadaisically Constrained Swindle
  • LockMart’s Costly Swindle
  • Little Crappy Showboat
  • Literally Crappy Ship
  • LockMart’s Cash Sucker
  • Literally Corpulent Speedboat
  • Likely to Collapse Suddenly
  • Life onboard Could be Short
  • Likely Can’t Survive
  • Likely to Capsize and Sink in 1 minute
  • Literally Collapsible Speedboat
  • Literally Collapsible Showboat
  • Literally Collapsible Ship
  • Lickity Cwick Speedboat
  • Lickity Cwick Showboat
  • Loser Compared to Skjold
  • Literally inComparable to Skjold
  • Loses in Competition to Sea Fighter
  • Laughably Compromised Specifications
  • Larry Curley Shemp
  • Lousy Capacity Speedboat
  • Let’s Copy Swift
  • Loquaciously Consumptive Speedboat
  • Luxuriantly Crappy Speedboat
88 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 7, 2012 11:58 pm

    Gee -If pundants put this much energy into doing something positive, think what might be! Cute doesn’t cut it!

  2. January 27, 2012 9:23 am

    The Trimaran design is still extremely effective at maintaining high speeds in rough waters.

    Though I’m personally waiting for the Canadian government to dig the hydrofoil project out of a hole.

  3. January 15, 2012 4:20 am

    I really liked your post.Thanks Again. Great.

  4. Kurt permalink
    December 16, 2011 1:29 pm

    And perhaps a small but stable carrier in the seafighter style with a ski jump ramp and electromagnetic catapult and arrested recovery as VCS backup.
    That would help to keep the large carriers at a safe distance while allowing strikes and sorties over a short distance as well as return to the big carrier after the small carrier in the littoral has been drained and needs replenishment.

  5. Kurt permalink
    December 16, 2011 1:24 pm

    I’m very much a minority, but I think the Littoral Combat Ship isn’t a bad idea per se. Rather the execution is not yet very satisfying. That’s no wonder considering the working of the military machinery. There seems to be a serious trouble in the military with reduction and focus (see fighter mafia). Rather there’s a mentality that I need to carry everything always with me. This reminds me very much about people with two large trolleys for a weekend trip.
    The original concept of the streetfighter ship was exactly what the littoral combat ship must become and likely will when messing with mission packages starts.
    Such a ship is super for putting extra sensor platforms with self-defense capability into the coastal waters. You can’t expect them to do much analyses of information. For that task they need a reliable link to a data-processing entity or they need narrow mission specific outfits.
    Options could be ASW and ASuW in one package and AAW and commando support in the other package. With two types being designed, the question can be solved. It just needs time for the people to understand that this is really a Less Capable Ship meant for high risk deployments with a silent, but credible, big-brother threat right behind it in case you target it. So while the LCS is being developed, the question remains, who will be the big brother Very Capable Ship (VCS) covering the LCS. Arsenal ships, guided missile submarines and real frigattes are a suitable option in my opinion.

  6. Kory McDonald permalink
    May 13, 2011 11:33 pm

    Lost Complete Sanity

  7. Kory McDonald permalink
    May 12, 2011 7:14 pm

    Lowly Cheap Sh**, you figure it out. Build the upgraded Perry then this. ship, it is said when it has been compared to a yacht with a gun on it

  8. D. E. Reddick permalink
    September 10, 2010 6:21 pm

    Another good one… This is from ‘glof’ who was responding to the “Red Flags Everywhere” thread at ID:

    “Personally I expect the letters LCS came long before the name Littoral Combat Ship came along. I don’t know what they ment, but I suspect one or two ideas suggested on Mike site are close. For argument sake, let say it was Lightweight Combat Ship instead of Littoral Combat Ship, does that title not change your idea of what the ship should be?”

    I suppose by “Mike site” he meant this particular thread.

    I find “Lightweight Combat Ship” to be quite appropriate. Or, perhaps it might be Lightweight Capability Ship or even Lightweight Capability Speedboat…

    http://www.informationdissemination.net/2010/09/red-flags-everywhere.html#disqus_thread

  9. Heretic permalink
    September 7, 2010 11:31 am

    It would appear that ELP has been on top of this Largesse Consuming Supplicant since … oh … let’s just say (at least) last week.

  10. Guess who? permalink
    September 6, 2010 6:14 am

    Large Contemptible Speedboat.

  11. D. E. Reddick permalink
    September 5, 2010 7:39 pm

    Robert Farley at ID just brought up this article from DefenseTech. The thing about it that I find interesting is the number of comments regarding LCS – 92 of ‘em…

    Several regular contributors to New Wars have contributed to that long list of comments. Many of the comments are quite good and informative.

    LCS Mission Modules Not Working As Intended

    http://defensetech.org/2010/09/01/lcs-mission-modules-not-working-as-intended/

  12. D. E. Reddick permalink
    September 1, 2010 5:24 pm

    More on the LCS debacle by Phil Ewing at Scoop Deck:

    Littoral [fill in the blank] ship

    http://militarytimes.com/blogs/scoopdeck/2010/09/01/littoral-fill-in-the-blank-ship/

    Oh, and the comments are reallllly good!

  13. Al L. permalink
    August 28, 2010 1:44 pm

    This isn’t news or an acronym but it relates to a conversation on the breaking news page about recent loading of EOD mission modules on LCS-2.
    http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2006garm/tuesday/canaday.pdf

  14. ShockwaveLover permalink
    August 28, 2010 7:20 am

    LockMart Champions Speed (at the cost of everything else…)

  15. ShockwaveLover permalink
    August 28, 2010 7:16 am

    Lucky to Continue Sailing?
    Low Chance of Sales?
    Laughing Chinese Strategists?
    Less Crew Safety?
    Let’s Curtail Surviability!

  16. D. E. Reddick permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:17 pm

    Lets Conceit Succeed (conceit seems an appropriate attribution to certain bureaus that have foisted this monstrosity upon the Navy).

    Wiktionary definition: conceit (countable and uncountable; plural conceits)
    1. (uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris.
    2. (obsolete) Something conceived in the mind; a conception; a notion; an idea; a thought.
    3. (countable) A novel or fanciful idea; a whim.
    4. (countable) In literature and poetry, a device of analogy consisting of an extended metaphor.

    Numbers 1 thru 3 seem to work for me, when combined together.

    (the nearly identical phrase “Lest Conceit Succeed” just doesn’t seem to be right, even though it’s far more high-brow and catchier…)

  17. Chuck Hill permalink
    August 27, 2010 4:06 pm

    Presumably an error, but the Navy Times, 30 Aug. edition has a story on Page 2 about foreign military sales and there among the pictures of FFGs scheduled for sale was a photo of LCS-1 captioned “The frigate Freedom will be transferred to the Navy of Pakistan; U. S. sailors will train their Pakistani counterparts to operate the ship.”

    Hearts leap–if only it were true.

  18. west_rhino permalink
    August 27, 2010 1:46 pm

    Loads of Chum Scattered

    Laden with Chundering Sailors/Squids

  19. D. E. Reddick permalink
    August 26, 2010 4:10 pm

    Phil Ewing at Scoop Deck has this interesting piece regarding the naming of follow-up LCS units. The comments are also very much worth reading.

    The LCS name strategy at work

    http://militarytimes.com/blogs/scoopdeck/2010/08/25/the-lcs-name-strategy-at-work/

  20. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 26, 2010 2:56 pm

    Littoral Combat Ship: Minimal Manning Factors-EagleSpeak

    “Most Navy veterans with ship service have done their share of long hours and long days with minimal rest. These were, for the most part, exceptions – not a design plan.

    Merchant ships can get away with minimal manning because they don’t have all those things to do that distinguish warships from them – like manning a combat info center, operating helicopters and the like.

    Now, if you need more people to operate safely, where will you put them?”

    http://www.eaglespeak.us/2010/08/littoral-combat-ship-minimal-manning.html

  21. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 5, 2010 6:44 pm

    Credit this one to Craig Hooper:

    “Little Sipper Class”. You know, because it drinks a lot of fuel.

  22. D. E. Reddick permalink
    August 2, 2010 8:58 pm

    Tangosix offers us another, realllllly different meaning for that acronym LCS…

    tangosix
    August 2, 2010 7:54 pm

    Hello,

    there is a picture and some particulars of M.Star here:

    http://www.mol.co.jp/opensea/0904_nnldo.html

    I have decided she shall no longer be known as a V.L.C.C., henceforth she is the new L.C.S. (Large Corvette Ship).

    tangosix.

  23. Mike Burleson permalink*
    May 26, 2010 4:10 pm

    Joe and DE, well put!

  24. Joe permalink
    May 26, 2010 11:42 am

    LCS = Likely Causes Surrender

  25. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 31, 2010 6:01 pm

    Leaky, Creaky Scow

  26. Mike Burleson permalink*
    March 16, 2010 8:23 pm

    Likely a Complete Scam

  27. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 11, 2010 9:39 pm

    Like Corporeal Susceptibility

  28. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 11, 2010 12:56 pm

    Lost Cost Showboat / Speedboat / Ship

  29. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 8, 2010 8:42 pm

    Least Capable Ship

    -or-

    Least Capable Showboat

    -or-

    Lacking Capability Speedboat

  30. Mike Burleson permalink*
    March 8, 2010 4:26 pm

    Lacking a Clear Strategy

  31. D. E. Reddick permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:32 pm

    Lost Costly Stupidity

  32. Graham Strouse permalink
    March 2, 2010 7:44 pm

    Littoral Stoner Sinkboat…

  33. Graham Strouse permalink
    March 2, 2010 7:43 pm

    Ludacris Crafted Ship…

  34. Graham Strouse permalink
    March 2, 2010 7:41 pm

    I LOVE Larry Curley Shemp!

    Genius!

  35. Heretic permalink
    March 1, 2010 4:32 pm

    Inspired by D E:

    Lunch Completely Swallowed o.O;

  36. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 28, 2010 6:13 pm

    Given the recent news regarding the 67 percent failure rate for the NLOS missile system intended for the LCS program, then this (sadly) seems appropriate:

    Launch Can’t Succeed

  37. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 27, 2010 8:33 am

    Ha ha! Those are great!

  38. Graham Strouse permalink
    February 27, 2010 7:57 am

    Leaky Creaky Squeeky

  39. Graham Strouse permalink
    February 27, 2010 7:50 am

    Like, you Can’t be Serious!

  40. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 17, 2010 8:00 pm

    I left off what I think may be a good one:

    Lousy Crappy Showboat

    or:

    Lousy Crappy Speedboat

    or then there’s:

    Lousy Crapshoot of a Showboat

    or:

    Lousy Crapshoot of a Speedboat

  41. Heretic permalink
    February 16, 2010 2:25 pm

    Logic Collapses Mr. Spock

  42. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 15, 2010 10:56 pm

    Ludicrously Comparable Synonym (LCS) to (Littoral Combat Ship[LCS])

  43. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 14, 2010 3:23 pm

    Lusciously Compromised (attempt at a) Skjold

    Luxuriously Compromised Skjold

  44. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 14, 2010 2:40 pm

    Luxuriantly Crappy Speedboat

  45. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 14, 2010 10:48 am

    Loquaciously Consumptive Speedboat

  46. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 13, 2010 2:45 pm

    Mike,

    Don’t forget to add your own latest LCS definition from the comparisons of the LCS concept with that of battlecruisers:

    “And they both Looked Cool offShore!”

    Then, there’s that wonderful offering by Tangosix in that same thread:

    ‘…L.C.S. stands for “Let’s Copy (H.M.S.) Swift”, another of Jackie Fisher’s babys.’

  47. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 13, 2010 2:14 pm

    D.E, you’re working my dictionary overtime!LOL

  48. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 13, 2010 11:59 am

    Laconians Can’t Say (anything simply laconic enough to aptly describe the LCS concept)

    Lacking Cognitive Semblance (to anything properly conceptualized & executed)

  49. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 12, 2010 5:26 pm

    Loud C(k)azoo Sprinter… …Which is about as meaningful as the present implementations of either LCS design.

  50. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 12, 2010 4:26 pm

    Had to look that word up D.E.! Yeah that fits.

  51. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 12, 2010 4:01 pm

    Lack of Cognisance, Spock?

  52. Heretic permalink
    February 12, 2010 10:31 am

    Lifesigns Confused, Spock

  53. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 12, 2010 10:17 am

    Strike that last try. I was trying to think about how to use the word supersized and you can see that my thoughts went adrift. Here’s what I should have written:

    Lousy Capacity Speedboat

  54. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 12, 2010 10:13 am

    Lousy Supersized Speedboat

  55. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 12, 2010 6:38 am

    Keep at it D.E.! You guys continue to amaze!

  56. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 11, 2010 8:31 pm

    Mike,

    I’m trying to come up with an apropos Star Trek name. Something along the lines of “_____ _____, Scottie” seems like the best possibility. Maybe “Leaking sCow, Scottie” might strike a cord with some trekkers observing the LCS program with sensors running askance & amok.

  57. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 11, 2010 6:44 am

    I would never thought of the Stooges. Thats classic, and some of my favorites!

  58. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 10, 2010 10:49 pm

    Retired Now,

    That is soooo excellent!!! Now can anyone else come up with applicable Three Stooges -analogies- to the LCS other than Larry, Curly, & Shemp? If so, then I want to see them! Meanwhile, I think that I’m off to review Three Stooges videos on YT in a pertinent research effort so as to answer my question…

  59. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 10, 2010 10:07 pm

    Ooooohh! Thats so bad its good! Thanks!

  60. Retired Now permalink
    February 10, 2010 6:15 pm

    Larry Curley Shemp (the Original 3 stooges)

  61. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 10, 2010 4:24 pm

    I like those too! In the same spirit:

    Loses in Competition to Sea Fighter

  62. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 10, 2010 3:37 pm

    Heretic,

    I like that! Here’s my try…

    Literally inComparable to Skjold

  63. Heretic permalink
    February 10, 2010 2:56 pm

    Laughably Compromised Specifications

  64. Heretic permalink
    February 10, 2010 2:54 pm

    Loser Compared to Skjold

  65. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 7, 2010 9:52 pm

    Based upon my earlier entry:

    Lickity Cwick Showboat

    Lickity Cwick Speedboat

  66. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 7, 2010 8:36 pm

    Ooohhhh! Woe to me! What am I to do?!?!?

    I’ve got it! Or, several its (iterations)…

    Literally Collapsible Ship

    Literally Collapsible Showboat

    Literally Collapsible Speedboat

  67. Scott B. permalink
    February 7, 2010 5:53 pm

    OK, I’ll give you another one :

    LCS-1 :

    Likely to Capsize and Sink in 1 minute

  68. Scott B. permalink
    February 7, 2010 4:55 pm

    In the same vein :

    Likely Can’t Survive

  69. Scott B. permalink
    February 7, 2010 4:52 pm

    Life onboard Could be Short

    (an oblique reference to the *outstanding* stability in damaged condition achieved by LCS-1)

  70. Scott B. permalink
    February 7, 2010 4:47 pm

    Likely to Collapse Suddenly

  71. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 6, 2010 11:52 pm

    Literally Corpulent Speedboat

  72. Scott B. permalink
    February 6, 2010 4:02 pm

    LLockMart’s Cash Sucker

  73. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 6, 2010 11:21 am

    Literally Crappy Ship

  74. Scott B. permalink
    February 6, 2010 9:52 am

    Little Crappy Showboat

  75. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 5, 2010 6:16 pm

    You guys are so creative! Very good.

  76. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 5, 2010 5:19 pm

    Scott,

    You’ve set me off…

    Loosely Constrained Swindle

    Literally Costly Swindle

    Lackadaisically Constrained Swindle

  77. Scott B. permalink
    February 5, 2010 1:50 pm

    LockMart’s Costly Swindle

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