WASHINGTON: Wary of bringing
The decision to delay the planned purchase of two San Antonio-class Flight II landing dock ships, known as LPDs, out past 2024 is part of a much wider reevaluation of naval warfare. Under high-level pressure to build a fleet better able to face Chinese and Russian precision missiles, the Navy is reducing its investment in large but potentially warships like amphibs and carriers so it can free up money for more offensive weaponry on smaller surface ships, submarines, and aircraft.
I agree with the deferment plan because amphibious assault by sea in an age of extended range standoff missiles deterrent is a highly questionable strategy. The last major amphibious assault was at Inchon approx. 69 years ago. I agree they need a new strategic map rather than just continuing with a replacement strategy. It will be another shit fight with Congress over politics rather than military relevance.