And that is about the only role LCS is good for drug and US border security,a glorified coast guard cutterCalifornia and Virginia were all retired..early. They are in the chart I posted Leahy were replaced by Arleigh Burke DDGs. You can't keep operating oil fired ships indefinitely.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 11, 2019) Lt. Angelia O’Toole navigates the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) from the ship’s bridge. During this deployment to the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility, USS Detroit, with embarked helicopter and USCG law enforcement detachment, will support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter-drug patrols and detection and monitoring of illicit traffic in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Bowser/Released)