littoral combat ship


Density as a ship design factor

A report on 24 January 2012 from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the US Navy’s future surface combatant plans raises the issue of ship density; the extent to which ships have equipment, piping, and other hardware tightly packed within the ship […]

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Crisis Time for US Seapower

Moderator’s Note: This article originally appeared on the Information Dissemination website, dated Wednesday, 24 August 2011.  It is especially relevant for Canadian readers because of the projected reductions in the USN budget at 5% and 10%, which mirror the approach being take by the Canadian ‘Strategic and Operating Review’. ‘OMB’ […]

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Cost increases for the Littoral Combat Ship Program

Recent concerns over escalating costs with the LCS project were addressed by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Donald C. Winter. Recent press reports (See: Geoff Fein, “First Four LCS Could Be Facing 72 Percent Cost Increase,” Defense Daily, 17 March 2007) indicate the USN will seek $519M US […]

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Secretary of the Navy recommends way ahead for Littoral Combat Ship Program

Based on a comprehensive review of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) acquisition program, Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced today that he is prepared to lift a previously issued stop work order for construction of LCS 3. The ship is currently under contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. Maritime […]

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Canada 1st: strategic defence management?

Dave Perry has supplied a superb analysis of the Canada First Defence Strategy or CFDS. I particularly support his conclusion “The defence strategy is therefore competent, long term planning, devoid of any exciting new promises that might attract criticism for outlandish spending plans and un-needed equipment.” The strategy itself correctly […]

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US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress

The announcement on Wednesday by Representative Murtha that the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee will approve funds for five more ships to this year’s defence programme, at least one of which will be an attack submarine, is consistent with recommendations in three recent force structure studies. A comparative analysis of these […]

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Modularity, the Littoral Combat Ship and the future of the United States Navy

Lexington Institute Paper, “Modularity, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Future of The United States Navy” is available here. The Lexington Institute paper provides a general overview and somewhat one-sided assessment of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The paper is very limited on its treatment of the origins of the […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In Defence Watch an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categorizes as destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future. The officer says that delaying this critical work will leave […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXII)

David Perry: A new dimension was literally thrown into the debate when Ken Hansen passed around the report of the U.S. Navy’s woes from the San Diego Union-Tribune of 1 February, 2007: “Bedeviled with cost overruns, the navy’s shipbuilding program is in danger of sinking under its own weight. Navy […]

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