Littoral Combat Ship – The Media Victim?

USS Independence 

The Littoral Combat Ship program of the USN had been the target of critics since it started. I personally think that these ships are excellent. Critics argue that it doesn’t carry AShMs and long range SAMs. But that’s not what it’s designed to do. The Tico and Burke take care of that part .

LCS was designed for

  • Destroying swarms of fast attack craft
  • Hunt quiet subs in shallow water
  • Mine hunting
  • Amphibious support

It does all these with great efficiency. It’s design and technology is superior to any comparable ship. But still, it is criticized because of cost overruns. That’s its only drawback. It went beyond its intended budget. But otherwise, it’s very capable.It’s mission packages are fitted according to mission requirements to engage the above-mentioned threats.

LCS is extremely important for USN because it does something what Burke and Tico can’t. Its high speed gives it a big advantage. True, it can’t survive an attack by supersonic AShM swarms. But it will be escorted by Burke when operating in a high threat environment. So it just needs basic self-defense.


This is just my view. What are your views?

11 Replies to “Littoral Combat Ship – The Media Victim?”

  1. An exelent conclusion, why compare an Apple with an Banana?
    The same aply to this ship, why compare an Independence class LCS with an Steregushchy-class Corvette of the same size?
    Steregushchy would have a killing party with LCS, but that is not the point, the point is what task they have and what suport they have.


    1. Exactly. Stereguschy and LCS have different roles even though they have similar displacement. Stereguschy can’t carry 2 helicopters, can’t sweep mines , and can’t travel at 45+ knots and it doesn’t have a fraction of the internal space for cargo, mission packages etc . LCS does all that because it was designed to do that. Not to carry Anti ship missiles like Stereguschy and serve as a major surface combatant.


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    1. “Destroying swarms of fast attack craft”

      how is LCS going to destroy a swarm of fast attacking type 022 Houbei? PLAN has hundreds of these and LCS in low hanging fruit for these fast attack craft not the other way around.


  5. So we are talking about destroying Pirate skiff, and patrol boat. Spending 360 Million per vessel to squash some cockroaches.


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