[ Post a Response | The SteelNavy.Com Message Board ]
Re: None will twenty years service
From the beginning, it has been stated they will do three jobs: ASW, anti-small craft, and mine warfare. Numerous articles state they are intended by the Navy to replace the current mine countermeasures ships. The 2018 adjustment of module numbers is weighted to mostly mine warfare: https://news.usni.org/2018/04/03/littoral-combat-ship-mission-package-annual-report
So, they were designed/intended to be mine hunters. By default with this module adjustment, that also becomes the one mission of the three which they are weighted towards. Whether or not they are optimal for it, it is fact at this point that they are our future intended primary mine warfare ship. Nobody has to like it, or think it is a good idea. But, whatever else they are, they are mine warfare ships.
PT-boats (fast attack craft) are very vulnerable to air-attacks - as demonstrated by RN helicopters in the Second Gulf War. In addition, these are not capable for blue water operations. That means again Arleigh Burke class destroyers would be used to patrol against pirates. The LCS are in that case a much better option - and I do no think that the LCS classes are good designs (and I do not think that is correct that they were mainly designed as mine hunters, for which they are an expensive and suboptimal solution).
SteelNavy.Com Home Page