LCS Alternative-Victory Class Corvette
From the Republic of Singapore and built by Germany are this class of 6 shallow water combatants from the 1990’s. They are very heavily armed for their size, much more so that the 2000+tons heavier USS Freedom littoral combat ship. The following are specs from the Singapore Navy website:
In excess of 30 knots
2,000 nautical miles
76 mm OTO MELARA SRGM
BARAK Surface to Air Missile
Forward deployed, she seems extremely well armed to deal with most any threat in a littoral environment, sustained by mothership support, or local naval ports.
Joking the other day, I mentioned the MK 110 57mm cannon on the LCS was a “patrol boat gun”. As you can see, actually the Oto Melara 76mm cannon is a real patrol boat gun!
It is sad that a nearly 20 year old design has all the qualities needed for Green Water warfare, well armed without the frills, than the newer and more advanced LCS ship, the latter related more to an old escort-style frigate now outdated in modern navies.
Thanks to Lee Wahler!