Thursday, September 8, 2016


As you can see from article at gCaptain, the Admiral commanding US Naval Surface Forces has ordered all the Littoral Crappy Ships to cease operations until they can get some really really good engineers aboard the ships that know how to keep their crappy engines running. They've got to make room for them but I never expected this,

LCS engineers are lined up for execution in front of the ship's gun. If they are very lucky it will work about as well as everything else on these ships and they'll live.
These ships are an absolute tragedy. Those two Riverine boats that surrendered to Iranians in canoes and punts are almost as heavily armed as the LCS and about as reliable. The LCS was supposed to be an all-in-one ship kind of like, oh, I don't know, a Destroyer? Some genius in the Pentagon decided that it would be cooler if they were more 'flexible' and could swap out mission modules so if they were out mine hunting with that module and the Iranians came over the horizon and decided to sink them they had no weapons to respond with because that's a different module and it's 9000 miles away undergoing repair at the contractors's facility.

Not one of these ships has loaded a single functioning module except for the 'unplanned module' which is the berthing module they decided they absolutely had to have in order to get the crew size up to sufficient strength to get underway and hopefully, bore holes in the sea since that's about their only achievement after 8 years. The latest one broke down catastrophically on it's maiden voyage. Brand new, and it couldn't make it. On the other hand, not one of them hasn't suffered a catastrophic engineering casualty that laid it up for months of patching.

There's something about NAVSEA. They really need to get out of the shipbuilding business because they suck at it.

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