Why do you need a high speed ship to do mine hunting? They donít call these Little Crappy Ships for nothing.
I stress the mine warfare task because it is the one they are weighted towards. Despite the many articles claiming they are no longer modular, they still very much are. What has changed are the plans to keep "endlessly" swapping them. Each vessel will now be assigned a specific function, and the crews will be intensively trained in that function. But, the hulls still retain the ability to swap modules. They will then also have to swap entire crews along with them if that ever happens, and there are currently no plans to do this. The potential remains there, however. (Wartime losses could well cause it to be implemented.)
So, of the three, there are more mine warfare modules, it is the one role they do which nothing else does, they are in production and with the ability to become mine warfare ships if need be. By default, the emphasis ends up on mine warfare.
Also, at times, in the current musings over our force structure, analysts (like Bryan Clark) have proposed that they all simply be given mine warfare modules, and relegated to just that job.
So, others more qualified than myself also stress their mine warfare aspect. Bill has seen them as auxilliaries, and if mine warfare is an auxiliary function, then I can agreen with that. So, yes...I stress their mine warfare task.
As to downplaying the other tasks, I don't need to do that. Everyone else seems to be doing a fine job of it. I have elaborated on their other abilities. They have both diesel and gas turbine engines, and they can be run at speeds other than 40 knots all the time, so your arguments about ship noise in the ASW role would be something I have the impression you miss.
And in a discussion of their surface warfare abilities, I pointed out their shallow draft gives them a unique advantage which you dismissively laughed at. Here is the article from which I made my claims. (Finally refound it.) : https://breakingdefense.com/2018/01/lcs-in-pacific-run-silent-run-shallow/
Keep laughing. My message at this point is that these things are in production and entering fleet service. They will then prove themselves whatever anybody's opinion of them is.
Yes, there were designed to be also mine hunters - but it was not the main task, but only one of three alternative tasks. I often have the impression that you stress the mine warfare task and downplay the other two tasks. For sure, the USN needs ships to replace the old mine hunters of the Avenger class - and the frigates will be likely much better for the other two tasks (even with the added anti-ship missiles to the LCS).