Lieutenant Colonel Colin Smith rightly calls for an expanded consideration of littoral warfare in his June article, “Corvette Carriers: A New Littoral Warfare Strategy.” The notion of corvette carriers, however, suffers from significant problems. These include protecting the carriers when transiting to theater, accessing choke point areas within theater, and resupply. Because of these concerns, we offer an alternative: forward deploy a modern, well-armed patrol combatant or corvette in theater and support it with a mobile, distributable, survivable, land-based support train. This would accomplish the same objectives at lower cost and reduced risk.
Corvette Carriers? No. Forward-Deployed Corvettes? Yes.
It’s time for the Navy to double-down on forward deployment.
By Lieutenants Colin Barnard and Ian Sundstrom, U.S. Navy