As the Navy approaches the projected deployment of multiple littoral combat ships to at least two different theaters, many question why so few LCS units are forward deployed, despite being in commission for more than ten years. However, very few critics of LCS have demonstrated an understanding of the timeline of the LCS program from the early 2000s to the present. Many want to measure LCS success or failure based on the number of traditional deployments completed. The Navy has made a number of attempts to explain the process of how LCS was developed and why until recently it was not managed as a traditional surface combatant program. These attempts seem to go unheard by too many critics who continue to misinform the general public about the LCS program.
Why LCS Has Been Slow to Deploy
By Lieutenant Commander Steven Wills, U.S. Navy (Retired)