Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)


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California 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.

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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)
And that is about the only role LCS is good for drug and US border security,a glorified coast guard cutter
The USN found something useful for the LCS to test - lasers!

Littoral Combat Ship Will Field Laser Weapon as Part of Lockheed Martin, Navy Test
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there was somebody who advised to "guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" though:

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Fincancieri design was literrally an extended FREMM 10 meters longer than the european class. Add EASR , the burke class mast and you have it. The USN was unprecise about their needed design because they only spoke about the capabilities required not the specific tools; Like they did noy know if the FFG needed 32 or 48 VLS cells...
Based on this it was obvious the biggest hull, the most optimal for evolutions (because there will be changes that's for sure) would be taken and that's the FREMM.

Choosing the right shipyard was probably more complicated.. as all designs are accompagnied with a specific shipyard that will take the actual order. only marinette is big enough a(nd not overwhelmed with other orders) to take the 10+10 order and construct th ships with acceptable rate. Maybe they're going to test marinette shipyard if it can actually produce these 10 first ships at acceptable rate. These 10 next ships would be to motivate them, if they can't succeed then the orders would shared with an other yard.