quite the legacy
They're going to f*ck up the Constellations, aren't they?
The Potomac Flotilla is proof whatifalthist has a point. "Consider a time-line where terrorists nuke Washington DC, and America enters a time of unprecedented freedom and prosperity".
FMS? WTF are we going to do, sell the LCS's to the PRC??
The Navy will decommision as many of these things as Congress will permit.
On his blogger page the Cdr. had a gibberish sentence at the top which often drew a chuckle. Here's another buzzword salad.
"To maintain our strategic advantage, particularly under fiscal constraints, it is important for the Navy to carefully review our force structure regularly and divest of legacy capabilities that no longer bring sufficient lethality to maximize our effectiveness in deterring and defeating potential adversaries.”
"it is important for the Navy to carefully review our force structure regularly and divest of legacy capabilities that no longer bring sufficient lethality to maximize our effectiveness in deterring and defeating potential adversaries.”
Ah, umm, when did it EVER "bring sufficient lethality"????
It is one thing to dump stinkin scupper trout on the US Sailor. We all know deep in our soul that there is a flush ahead of us no matter rank or rate that will dump the stink on us and greatly affect our career. But to dump on an entire COMMUNITY? WTF?
And obviously Capt Reiher is a complete and utter moron only capable of parroting the comments given to him. He still probably thinks the MCM module is available fully tested, funded and ready "next month". What exactly does a CO of the LCS Training Facility do - teach the crews how to sit pierside, or "deploy" staying under 15 knots? Sold his soul to the devil.
Anyone know if Gregory Vistica is still in business? We're long overdue for a sequel to "Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. Navy".
Ironically, yesterday I was in the Big Apple attending a special event - the 80th commissioning ceremony for USS Intrepid (CV-11), a warship built in less than 2 years, in commissioned service for nearly 30, and is still with us over eight decades later. SECHAV & entourage were in attendance, and during his obligatory speech he touted the recent commissioning of Cooperstown LCS-23 in NYC. At the rate the Freedom-class are tapping out, I suspect Intrepid will long outlast the last of the LCS.
Any navy is capable of designing a turd of warship, but the navy that fails to ADMIT to & LEARN from such failure is truly in dire straits. How did we stray so far off course?
We were supporting a spec war detachment and one of the operators gave me sage advice. I have posted this many times. But this exemplifies the navy:
",When you start believing your own bullshit, it's gonna end bad."
CS continues to provide great coverage of LCS... which someone can easily copy and use as a template for the USCG’s OPC acquisition.
Embarrassingly the USCG is walking the same dog, 20 years later.
"The alarms were going off well in to the mid-00s - and anyone who raised those alarms were crushed, marginalized, or dismissed as uninformed cranks." Modus operandi for the imperial city of D.C. I'm sure we can all say natural immunity. At least for the time being.
The Army Corps maintains a 9 foot barge channel in the Missouri River. Considering the Navy is going to end up practically giving these things away to anyone, I bet the mayor could take up another collection and get her towed to the river front during the spring high water levels.
Don't count on Congress to fix this. They control very little of it. And that won't change soon.
Wouldn't it have been nice to see a statement like "Sorry, it turned out the Sioux City was, in fact, a Little Crappy Ship. We didn't mean to offend the good people of Sioux City, and we hoped it would work out, but it didn't. The persons responsible have been sacked."
So let me understand some of the Naval idiocy here:
- commissioned in Nov 2018
- first use, Sep of 2020 as an expensive anti-drug cutter
- decommissioned 3 years later after 4 deployments of how many weeks at a time at a cost of $500M ?
AND WE ARE STILL BUILDING 7 MORE OF THESE F----ERS, TO FLUSH MORE BORROWED MONEY DOWN THE TOILET?
AND YOU WANT MORE MONEY FOR NEW TOYS?
I knew there was a big problem a decade ago when we started undermanning the ship and the sailors chosen were senior cherry-picked high performers. I remember the articles bragging that sailors were driving the ship one day, flipping burgers the next day, and acting as ship's doc the next. Anyone with any time haze gray and underway time knows that there are only so many superstar sailors and that real quick these undermanned ships were going to get the remaining 95% of fleet sailors who aren't going to excel in a rotating daily assignment process. Well the inevitable happened and we are where we are now. Sad!
I left NR LCSRON2 last year because the latest reorg meant the men writing my eval were in another state, and I was tired of the command from 2016-2022. The crews were almost always thankful for an extra body, but were not very happy with their systems when they worked. Blue/Gold crew was not well implemented compared to a SSBN, but sailors in the pipeline would get TAD'd to ships in port. An illustration of this is from DETROIT when I worked on her in 2022. When the crew I was with left her previously, they had painted the 57mm gun barrel with red and white stripes, with a blue band at the breach end. The other crew had painted it back to grey.
If you ask experienced sailors what they want to do, it's work in their rating productively. I did not see much of that in LCS, and many sailors were just there to be in Mayport. When the big work for the day is checking cutouts for the gun, or moving machine gun ammo up to the O2 level, they aren't being appropriately led.
Washington is where leadership goes to die.
The only thing stupider than gargantuan government bureaucracies is anarchy.
Bureaucrats can be as much of a threat to a military force as an enemy’s forces.
A potentially viable concept turned into an absurd program run from inception in a silly place by tailors busy making a fortune selling new clothes to the emperor.......
.........and their brothers are still selling the Zumwalt line of clothing.