From the article:
Wow, what is happening..annual cost of running a single LCS is currently around $70 million, compared to approximately $81 million for an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer (DDG).
But doesn't that mean that on this period of near-peer competition the LCS doesnt fit on the US Navy's strategy?11million difference is hardly the same. Besides that the USN already has a fast frigate guided missile program to take its place the Constellation class based off the FREMM.
Father although classed as a frigate it’s not the same mission set. LCS was designed for the mindset of the GWOT. Of the post Cold War thinking that great power competition was over. As such it’s mission design was tailored to green water operations. Patrols around asymmetrical conflict zones.
Parts of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Gulf of Oman, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean even a few places in the Pacific fall into this. Counter Piracy, Special operations insertion, and Counter Narcotics operations perfectly meet the mission sets of the LCS. It’s vs Conventional forces that the LCS comes up short.
First, the USN has moved to upgun the LCS classes farther it seems to have elected to stop new orders on the Freedom class. This may also be caused by that yard being the primary source for the new Constellation class boats on order. Up gunning them helps but it’s still a make mend solution. Primarily to gap fill in the interim.But doesn't that mean that on this period of near-peer competition the LCS doesnt fit on the US Navy's strategy?
I know that the Navy has tried to enchance its capability in order to adapt it to the China threat however it really doesn't seem to be very useful. Maybe for a minesweeper or ASW?
They are taking valuable on-land maintenance time which could be used on other more useful ships.
Now i am not trying to move the conversation to an anti-LCS rant however it seems there are fundamental issues with it other than the monetary maintenance costs.
I am not sure that it fits to the Navy's force structure for near-peer competition