11 May '17, 7pm

Beyond LCS: Navy Looks To Foreign Frigates, National Security Cutter

Wither grow the existing LCS yards for greater capability in a new larger design, or send the employees to someone else who can. “The Navy’s own analytic team concluded back in 2014 that these vessels would require expensive upgrades to meet the same survivability standards as the current LCS…” If the United States Navy can place our sailors in greater danger by excepting US Navy Regulations w/r/t survivability (watertight integrity and compartmentalization) of a Surface Combatant of These United States, I am sure they can handle assuming the risk of adopting the safety standards that are incorporated in the zUS Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter with a planned lifespan of 40+ years, and currently steaming, even in the Arctic, and doing fine. Another argument not mentioned is the tonnage of a Blue Water vessel. Low displacement ships do not fare well in heavy weather, ...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/05/beyond-lcs-navy-looks-...

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