NavyShooter said:Something like 90% of the world's population lives within a handful of miles of every shoreline in the world.
Controlling the inshore area is important, and most warships are designed for deep ocean operations (Blue-water navy) not close-inshore (Brown-water) operations...
Colin P said:The problem for the USN is not only do they need a certain number of hulls because at any one time you may have multiple fleets in different areas of the worlds ocean and vessels going in, coming out and going through major refits. Then you also need multiple types so pretty soon 300 does not sound like a lot. Likely a 3rd of the fleet is ineffective because of the above most of the time, so you have 200 ships which have to cover off both coasts, subs for the arctic, Indian, Pacific, Atlantic Oceans, the Med, North Sea, Red sea, etc , etc.
I think it’s a fallacy that capabilities can replace hulls in a significant way. The hulls are still if not more vulnerable then their WWII counterparts. Plus the loss of a large combatant is far more damaging when you have no replacements. Not to mention crew, economic costs and long lead times to build.
LCS Survives First Shock Test, Preps For More
Christopher P. Cavas, Defense News 10:52 a.m. EDT June 17, 2016
Damaged Fort Worth Could Leave Singapore in August
WASHINGTON – The new littoral combat ship (LCS) Jackson was showered by spray and shaken by a large explosion June 10 as she endured the first of a series of controlled tests intended to prove the design’s ability to withstand and survive combat and damage.
A 10,000-pound explosive charge was set off about a hundred yards from the Jackson – the Navy wouldn’t say exactly how close, saying the actual distance is classified – in waters off Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Oldgateboatdriver said:To be fair, Underway, you can't compare the Aegis ships, meant to be anti-air escorts of aircraft carriers, to the Oliver Hazard Perry's, which were meant to be convoy close ASW escort ships.
But even comparing Aegis cruisers to their predecessors in the role (The Virginia's, California"s and Belknap) you would have required many more such older cruisers to provide the same Anti-Air protection than the Ticondroga's.
Yes: quantity does have a quality of its own - just as capability can provide relief from the need for quantity.
The real trick is a proper balance of both quantities and capabilities. But to achieve that balance, you must move away from rigidly sticking to an artificial number as if it was a magic solution (the 600 or 300 ship Navy) and work out the more difficult calculated solution based on a specific aim you wish to accomplish. An example of this would be the US Army objective of being able to fight its "Two-blocks War". I think the US Navy has to come up with a similar approach, i.e. like England leading to WWI - who stated it wanted the Royal Navy to exceed in strength the next two most powerful Navies at all time, and once such clear goal is set, to "calculate" what it needs and how many of each types, regardless of the ultimate "total" number it gives.
LCS Coronado departs on maiden deployment
Sam Fellman, Navy Times 1:52 p.m. EDT June 23, 2016
The fleet’s water jet-propelled trimaran is about to turn heads across the western Pacific.
Littoral combat ship Coronado set out from San Diego Wednesday on the ship’s maiden deployment, which will be the first deployment to 7th Fleet for the Independence-class LCS.
The ship will take part in the upcoming Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii and then will conduct operations with Asia-Pacific allies and partners.
US Navy receives future USS Montgomery littoral combat ship
The US Navy has received its seventh littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Montgomery (LCS-8), from Austal-led team in a ceremony held at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USS Montgomery is the fourth Independence-variant LCS delivered to the navy.
LCS programme manager captain Tom Anderson said: "Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Montgomery, an exceptional ship which will conduct anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasures operations around the globe with ever increasing mission package capability."I look forward to seeing Montgomery join her sister ships in San Diego this fall and deploy next year."
USS Montgomery is expected to be commissioned in September this year. The delivery also marks the second vessel that Austal has delivered as the prime contractor. Austal, which had earlier collaborated with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems on the LCS programme, is under a 11-ship contract, worth more than $3.5bn.
Currently, six additional LCSs are under construction in Mobile. USS Gabrielle Giffords, USS Omaha and USS Manchester are being prepared for trials, while USS Tulsa and USS Charleston are being assembled. Construction of modules for USS Cincinnati is also underway at Austal's module manufacturing facility.
The LCS class ships are being built in two variants, Freedom and Independence, by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and Austal respectively.
Austal takes $115 million LCS write-off
Christopher P. Cavas, Defense News 1:19 a.m. EDT July 5, 2016
Shipbuilder underestimated design change costs
WASHINGTON The Australian parent company of Mobile, Alabama-based shipbuilder Austal USA announced a $115 million write-off Monday due to higher-than-expected costs on its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
The company resumed trading on the ASX Australian Stock Exchange after halting trading June 30 to review its US shipbuilding operations. After closing at AUS $1.21 June 30, shares reopened July 4 at .95 cents but closed at 1.12.
The write-off was due, the company said in a note to investors, to “a significantly higher level of modifications to the ship design and cost than previously estimated.”
The changes, Austal said, are driven by a “contractual requirement to meet the military shock standard and US Naval Vessel Rules,” a set of building standards imposed by the US Naval Sea Systems Command.