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Document: Senate Letter to SECDEF Mattis on Littoral Combat Ship Program

The following is an April 28, 2017 letter from eight U.S. Senators asking Secretary of Defense James Mattis to fully fund the Littoral Combat Ship program.

  • NavySubNuke

    I’m glad to see the 6 senators that receive the most jobs for the construction of these vessels and the 2 senators who receive the most jobs via the basing of these vessels are in such favor of them.
    It is almost as surprising as the senators from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Virginia supporting submarine construction or the senators from Maine, New Hampshire and Mississippi supporting DDG production restart.

  • Curtis Conway

    A lot of folks over many states and companies building something that cannot transcend the threat in combat, is not a plan for expansion. The US Navy needs real multi-warfare all-ocean (particularly Arctic capable Ice-hardened hull) frigates. I will accept the requirement for the LCS/FF with its shallow draft and [in my estimation] lack of the ability to defend itself in a modern battle-space, if appropriately upgraded. However, the presence requirement has not gone away in the Unified Combatant Commander AORs, particularly where LCS/FF cannot comfortably go and be expected to survive when steaming independently, and we need something with teeth, staying power, and can aggressively patrol all oceans/seas with a lower O&M budget number.

    • Joseph Famme

      Agree totally, Little Critter Ships have no role in real naval warfare – too damn tender – gearboxes too complex, deficient compartmentation, especially a mission bay for most of its interior to propagate the blast thru most of the ship, and aluminum hulls … HSV-1 was totally destroyed by one cruise missile with loss of all 23 crewmembers. One shot!

      • Secundius

        Not the HSV-1, but the HSV-2, which was crew by 22. Of which 3 were Killed, 17 wounded and NEVER Sank…

        • Donald Carey

          A floating scrap heap is still a mission kill.

          • Secundius

            “Fratricide”!/? Missile was a Taiwanese Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) supersonic anti-shipping missile with an ~496-pound AP Self-Forging Fragmentation Warhead. That “Misfired” on the Launcher from a distance of ~40.5nmi. Ship was never intended to be hit…

    • Stephen

      Using this logic, wouldn’t PHMs still be in production? Promises made at the Naval Academy about the bright future & enduring career these high-speed weapon platforms would provide… I wonder how many SWO PHM Engineers survived that disaster? Upgraded PGs or “Corvettes” makes more sense.

      • Curtis Conway

        the US Navy wore the PMSs out, and they never went through a product improvement program. Awesome platform. performed more than one PASEX with them, and they are quick, deadly, and operate in shallower water than an LCS. With the 76 mm forward and Harpoon aft, it was quite a platform. The concept always needed a ‘Mother Ship with her little chicks’ for deployments. they would have cost a lot less than LCS/frigate, just not an ASW platform. Need a real frigate for that (NSC).

        • Stephen

          Totally agree!

  • CHENG1087

    Dear SecDef, …… We, the undersigned, represent the men and women of our nation’s vital buggy whip, gun cotton, slide rule, and girdle-stay industries. In addition to these vital national security concerns, many of our constituents are deeply involved in the illusive quest to unlock the secrets of grafting teats to our country’s bulls. We therefore urge you to restore full funding to the LCS program, to include the installation of crow’s nests in these vital missing cogs in our glorious Navy’s otherwise powerful gear train. Sincerely, …… The Honorable Hubert Horatio Hornblower.

  • Stephen

    I remember the same arguments being made about the closure of Mare Island & Charleston Naval Shipyards. Displaced Federal workers found homes in other agencies or pursued different career paths. Most of the expertize developed at MINS was absorbed in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, however, Metallurgy, Welding Engineering & Ship Design acquired over generations, lost. Admiral Farragut would not be amused…

  • Now, the first 22 or so of these glorified corvettes is enough. Either plunge more into the largest Cutter designed as a Frigate (coast guard derivative) that has been bandied about, or pour the rest into Arleigh’s or Zumwalt’s. Or, how bout identify the LA Class subs that were retired prematurely, say 10 of them, give each a half billion for upgrades, forward deploy them so they can act like say a Japanese Diesel does and eliminate any noise worries, and help fix the sub gap for another decade. Seems like a better half billion each than these corvettes and the subs are already built….