The Navy is decommissioning Perry-class frigates because their role of anti-submarine warfare and protecting amphibious warships and convoys is being taken over by new littoral combat ships and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.Ed, call you office and ask them to help you find better sources.
LCS could only find a submarine once - within torpedo range. The ASW module is an erector kit of bad ideas that have yet to do anything outside the lab and has not even taken the first baby steps to prove their operational capabilities with their not-ready-for-actual-oceans tinker toys.
LCS only has a 11-SeaRAM missiles to defend itself - barely. It cannot escort anyone - and in any type of tactical situation with a need for AAW - it needs escorting. LCS's tactical capability is only PPT thick. We are throwing away known multi-mission capability for a promised uni-mission china doll of a ship.
... and yes; a DDG can do the job of a FF(not-s-G-since-they-took-away-the-G) - but I can also plant my fall food plots with a BMW instead of a tractor, but is that smart?
Old beat-up ships, eh?
You might not see them, dwarfed among four mammoth aircraft carriers, but three frigates are also part of the Navy's local mothball fleet. The third, USS Jarrett, will arrive July 15 from its former homeport of San Diego, joining sister ships USS George Philip and USS Sides. They're moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility along Highway 304, awaiting their fates.At least the Australians know what to do with them.
The Jarrett, which served just 27 years, will be put up for sale, according to the Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Command. It will be scrapped if there are no buyers in the next couple of years. The other frigates, commissioned for just 22 years, drew interest from Portugal and Turkey, but neither deal went through.
UPDATE: David Axe takes another leap from the top rope on LCS.
Hat tip Lee.