The U.S. Navy recently released a request for proposals for design of a new guided-missile frigate, labeled the FFG(X). It follows the contentious littoral combat ship (LCS) program in an effort to provide the fleet with a low cost, multimission, small surface combatant similar to the Navy’s LCS predecessor, the Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7)–class FFG. The FFG(X)—“X” indicates that the design has not yet been determined—is meant to address the issues that have plagued the LCS and assume the role of a multimission frigate. In 2015, the last of the Oliver Hazard Perry frigates were decommissioned because the class was aging and unable to take on the latest systems without extensive investment costs. The proposed frigate is on the right track, assuming the course can be kept.
Keep the Newest Frigate On Course
By Commander Daniel Straub, U.S. Navy