"LCS: A Step, Not an End"
(See W. J. Holland, pp. 50-54. January 2007; C. Hooper, R. Lynch, pp. 6-7, 73, February 2007 Proceedings)
Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)-Based on content, Admiral Holland's article should have been titled "Sink the Streetfighter," the small, fast, maneuverable-and expendable-combatant long championed by the late Vice Admiral Art Cebrowski. The majority of Admiral Holland's criticisms do not apply to the Freedom (LCS-1), a highly capable 3,000-ton warship.
With its 3,500 mile endurance and the ability to refuel at sea, the Freedom will have the legs to get to the scene of action unaccompanied-it will not be dependent on non-integral support. The ship will be fully netted to myriad off-board sensors and data bases, and is able to accommodate the required apertures. It does not have an antiaircraft warfare mission, and therefore does not have the requirement for a large aperture radar.