Quote of the Day
This comes from Springbored, concerning an advanced small warships design being studied by the Finns:
Most naval innovation these days seems to be coming from small navies, small units, or, um, drug smugglers. Rather than emphasize technological breakthrough, they’re working hard at applying available tech. Cheaply. And if they don’t work, the program can be allowed to die without much fuss….
Big Navy: Either embrace this model or start to get very, very afraid.
Well said! I’ve written before that all the good ideas in warship designs in recent decades have come from small warships such as hydrofoils, surface effects, catamarans, ect. The Scandinavians were quick to commission sleek new stealth boats by making them small and lethal, while 20 years following the launching of Sea Shadow, the US has yet to accept a truly stealthy surface ship in service. The Old Guard is falling far behind while they obsess with billion-dollar battleships.