The littoral combat ship is an essential antisubmarine warfare defensive weapon. It's time to use its speed, agility, and modular sonar-system capabilities to take the fight to the enemy.
Times change, and methods of warfare change with them—often in cycles. The U.S. Navy has shifted its antisubmarine warfare (ASW) focus to the littorals and to the prevalent threat: the quiet diesel submarine. And rightly so. The majority of vessels in or on the high seas today are transiting merchant ships and the U.S. Navy.