30.8.16

THE LUXURY OF BEING THE SOLE SUPERPOWER.

The Navy has been commissioning a new series of fast-attack surface ships called littoral combat ships.  I suppose you can't use motor torpedo boat to describe something bigger, but the concept remains -- that's a bit of wisdom I acquired from a Navy veteran who was a camp counselor years ago, as Vietnam was ramping up.  But the state-of-the-art transmissions on these boats are proving fragile.
"As with any new venture, the LCS program has had its ups, downs, and learning moments. Things do not always go as planned. That is no surprise," Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, wrote in the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine in July.

He pointed out early criticisms of platforms such as the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, Spruance-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers that went on to have long Navy careers.

"I am convinced the LCS/frigate program will be similarly vindicated," Swift wrote.
Perhaps the urgency of winning a world war is not present.  (Although, during that war, submariners and patrol torpedo boat skippers sortied, for the first two years, with defective torpedoes.)

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