In an article last year, Lieutenant Ian Sundstrom and I argued for an upgunned patrol craft (PC) to replace the current fleet of Cyclone-class PCs nearing the end of their already extended service life. More recently, we argued for the U.S. Navy to double-down on forward deployment of such PCs or missile corvettes to increase capability and deterrence across multiple theaters of operations at low cost and to be poised for a fight inside strategic bodies of water. In addition to these strategies, the United States’ NATO allies and partners in the Baltic and Black Seas need to invest in littoral warfare.
Baltic and Black Sea Navies Must Invest in Littoral Warfare
By Lieutenant Colin Barnard, U.S. Navy