Couldn’t wait until next week to post this with the regular LCS article. Please note that yours truly has insisted all along the littoral combat ship is nothing new, saving a glorified frigate with a patrol boat armament. We haven’t been alone, for here is CDR Salamander and some others:
This is why so many people owe me beer. When LCS becomes what it was sold as not being – then I win.
“We see it as a replacement for the FFG class (frigates),” Roughead told the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.
The LCS cannot do what a Frigate is supposed to do. Not even close. It is a large, expensive, low endurance, under-armed Corvette. -1 for the CNO ….
Then there’s the following breaking news from Phil Ewing at Scoop Deck:
Mayport will be the Navy’s LCS hub for the East Coast, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead told lawmakers on Wednesday, and he said something else — LCS is seen as a “replacement” for the Navy’s current fleet of frigates. You can imagine how Iron Mike Burleson and the web’s Hardest-Working Amphibian probably feel about that.
The CDR spoke for himself above. My thinking is, the Navy is the gift which keeps on giving for those of us crying for reform. More proof of these gold-plated programs, which come in under-armed and over-budget, then aren’t used in the manner they were planned. Whether it’s frigates chasing smugglers in speed boats, missile battleships capturing pirates, carriers dropping bombs on terrorists in caves, and giant amphibs for disaster relief, this is a fleet with a bizarre sense of building priorities. They get the missions, but not the procurement for a new era of low tech warfare at sea.
For $600-$700 million each, the LCS frigates should be based off Guam, ready to take the war to the Chinese, which was the purpose meant for the original Streetfighter design, except at one-tenth the cost! Only they are too poorly armed to tackle even a Chinese missile boat! When will we start building warships for modern threats, instead of something Admiral Burke or Halsey would be quite familiar in?