LCS Alternative-USCG Cutter Bertholf?
First off, this is not a proposal from yours truly, but was recently put forth as an alternative to the littoral combat ship by Democrat Rep. Gene Taylor, among other such advice to the USN’s faltering ship programs. From Information Dissemination we get Congressman Taylor’s press statement:
Build a frigate on the common hull of the Coast Guard National Security Cutter. This is an affordable ship (without Navy making wholesale changes in the design) which is exactly the type of vessel necessary for 80% of the Navy’s core missions, including anti-piracy and homeland defense.
While Taylor doesn’t exactly say we should replace LCS with the Bertholf class, it is given knowledge that the frigate sized USS Freedom is a replacement for the antique Perry class.
Not sure we could consider the $640 million cutter as any more affordable than the $600 million USS Freedom. Pretty much apples and oranges, since we still consider the frigate concept as obsolete in modern warfare. The Navy must have as well, since the fall of the Iron Curtain we have only seen orders of giant Burke battleships for surface escort duties.
Frigates these days are mainly used for patrol duties in littoral areas, something that a corvette or patrol ship can do equally well without putting a 1/2 billion warship at risk. This proposal from Gene Taylor is not a helpful one in restoring ship numbers.