Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Want to talk about size?

Just thought I would beat the LCS drum a little more.

SAN DIEGO (March 10, 2014) The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Coronado (LCS 4) passes the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) as Coronado makes it way to its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego. Coronado is the third U.S. Navy ship named after Coronado, Calif., and is the second littoral combat ship of the Independence-class variant. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)
Next time someone mentions, "Small" when they talk about LCS, please show them this pic of PCU CORONADO (LCS-4) and USS RUSHMORE (LSD-47). There are many things to describe either class of LCS - but little is not one of them. 

Smaller, yes; small, no.

Words mean things.

Hat tip NH.

UPDATE: Let's keep with the LCS theme a bit.

How many task forces, PEO, Blue Ribbon umptifrance items do we need as a substitute for strong programmatic leadership and vision?
Under orders to reexamine the Littoral Combat Ship program and begin the process of evaluating possible new designs, Adm. Jon Greenert, chief of naval operations, said Monday he was preparing to stand up a new task force to provide him with recommendations.

The effort is in response to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s direction to begin consideration of a more heavily-armed and survivable small surface combatant, with recommendations to be in hand in time to guide 2016 budget formulations.
Let's also use the correct terms here.

A "more heavily-armed and survivable small surface combatant" compared to a LCS is ... wait for it ... a frigate.

We spend more times playing games with names than we actually do intellectualizing what proper Fleet THE world's maritime power needs. To do that, though, we need intellectuals. We need people who are willing to engage in the marketplace of ideas - you know - the whole creative conflict without friction thingy.

What message are we putting out there on the rewards we give for such behavior?
The new task force will supersede the LCS Council, a group of high-ranking officers assembled in August 2012 to help guide the program. Under the guidance of the director of the Navy Staff, Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, the council issued directives and gave the program a new high-profile emphasis.

But its actions largely fell out of sight after Hunt’s retirement last summer, and his successor, Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, never spoke publicly in a council role. She has since moved on to a deputy CNO position, and has been nominated to become the vice chief of naval operations.
Methinks we will be adrift a bit longer.

1 comment:

LCDR Lawrence Repass said...

I would like to point out that even now, prior to IOC of any mission package - every operational LCS is more heavily armed than any operational FFG in the U.S. Navy. More guns, higher rate of fire, more Hellfire storage, more capability with Firescout etc. They burn a lot less fuel, mount two 11 meter RHIB's for the VBSS mission and have a bunch of capability on the way. Admittedly, the fleet intro has been clumsy at best but these ships are able replacements for PCs and MCMs. They also fill in some of the gaps left by the loss of fully armed FFG's more than a decade ago. We could rename these ships an FFG to make the skeptics happy but it wouldn't change the facts. The program is gaining speed and a lot of people are going to be surprised by what these ships can do. Thanks for making the effort to keep the blog up and making your contemporaries THINK.