Doubts About LCS
Observing the ongoing sea war between the Sri Lankan Navy and Tamil Tiger rebels, the latter armed with suicide boats of the nautical insurgent, Brian J. Dunn at The Dignified Rant has some second thoughts about the US littoral combat ship:
Close in combat like this make me nervous about the Littoral Combat Ship that we plan to sail in deep water and close to shores to combat enemy forces.
We need a cheaper ship to provide numbers in the fleet. The LCS, despite cost overruns, will be cheaper than our other larger ships and still reasonably capable and flexible because of mission modules that can reorient the ship’s capabilities.
But look at this ship. It is nearly 400 feet long and 3,000 tons. They are larger than our World War II destroyers. This is not a small, coastal combatant. And I have little doubt that these ships will suffer damage and loss if put into coastal waters against masses of cheap enemy ships that will include suicide boats.
Brian goes on to advocate smaller corvette type warships to deal with such individually minor but collectively dangerous craft in shallow seas. By adding new technology such as unmanned surface and air vehicles, we could enhance the fighting qualities of such tiny combatants, he contends.