Inherent in all analysis is the requirement to revisit assumptions when these become questionable. While the problem of the littorals remains, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is no longer the correct ship for the Navy to use in that environment. Instead, the vessel that can pursue the mission in low- to medium-threat areas is a flexible, multi-mission frigate. Ideally, such a ship will present low or no technological or program risk and be capable of missions both independently and as part of larger national and international task forces. In the high-risk threat arena, the carrier strike group will remain the premier power-projection warfighter if outfitted with tailored, mixed air wings for near-shore missions.
Frigates for Streetfighters
The Littoral Combat Ship has been so drastically reduced in capability that it cannot adequately handle low- to medium-threat areas.
By Lieutenant Colonel Paul T. Darling, Alaska Army National Guard; and Lieutenant Justin Lawlor, U.S. Navy Reserve