More LCS Questions
It’s not just yours truly wondering of the latest so-called ‘pirate buster” littoral combat ship USS Freedom. Here is Tim Colton of Maritime Business Strategies:
- So now two more LCSs are on order despite the fact that neither of the prototypes has yet demonstrated that it can, in fact, do what the Navy requires.
- LCS 1 is way overweight.
- Note that LCS 1 has one tenth the fuel capacity of a DDG 51, although it has twice the installed horse power.
- Yes, I know we need littoral combat ships (formerly known as offshore patrol vessels). But are these designs really what we need?
That last is the same as New Wars has asked, pleading with the service, the politicians, and the public not to pin all our hopes on a single costly and untried design to combat the pirates. Below you will find my favorite quote from Colton:
Why are we building this ship?