(See J. Patch, pp. 16–19, January 2011 Proceedings)
Rear Admiral F. C. Pandolfe, director, Surface Warfare Division, OPNAV N86—Commander Patch’s article on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) draws on dated information that does not accurately represent this vital program’s status or potential. Most notably:
LCS costs are stable. As a result of rigorous competition, Congress recently authorized the Navy to enter into fixed-price contracts with both LCS builders to produce ten ships of each design at an average price of $440 million.
LCS is a focused-mission ship. Each LCS mission package will come with its own expert operators to clear mines, destroy submarines, or counter surface craft. These are vital tasks that we need to accomplish in the littorals. No other ship has the speed, volume, and modularity to accommodate and employ these mission packages.