The recent Hezbollah missile attack on an Israeli Navy corvette may have lessons for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) program.1 The ship was struck on 21 July 2006, during military operations against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon as the Israeli Navy blockaded the country's coast to prevent additional weapons from reaching Hezbollah by sea from nearby Syria.
At 2045, a C-802 cruise missile struck the corvette Hanit (Spear) cruising some ten miles off the coast. Two missiles were fired from the shore. Indications are that the first missile was fired high to distract the ship's defensive systems and the second was aimed at the Hanit.
The first missile struck a small merchant ship, reported to be a Cambodian-flag cargo ship with an Egyptian crew, steaming about 35 miles off the coast. The second missile struck the stern of the 1,275-ton corvette.