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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Feb 2018 9:28 p.m. PST

The second ship in the three-ship class conducted a battery of tests at the shipyard and underway in the Atlantic Ocean overseen by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.


hocklermp507 Feb 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

Aside from being one of the ugliest ships ever built it looks like a disaster waiting to happen. Not to mention armed with a gun they cannot afford ammunition for and the ship being so obscenely expensive they will only build three.

zoneofcontrol07 Feb 2018 8:16 a.m. PST

With that pointed bow it should be able to slice through oil tankers, container ships and fishing vessels with little or no problem.

General Kirchner07 Feb 2018 10:23 a.m. PST

+1 ZOC

StarCruiser07 Feb 2018 5:18 p.m. PST

Ah HA! That's it's gig! They've made the cut-water razor sharp and probably used some sort of space-age Titanium-Steel alloy!

That's so obvious now (NOT!).

basileus6607 Feb 2018 9:40 p.m. PST

What I don't get is how with only three vessels in service force can be projected strategically in a way that will actually make a difference. I mean, they might be state of the art but there are only three of them! And it doesn't look that there are plans to expand their number in any foreseeable future. Which begs the question: why?

Lion in the Stars11 Feb 2018 4:36 a.m. PST

@Baswileus66: The original plan was to make 32 of the things. Then they proved to be more expensive than submarines to make, and the Navy freaked about the cost, slashing production numbers. The slashed production numbers raised the R&D-included cost of their (GPS+more guided) gun ammo to obscene levels, so the ammo was canceled.

Now it looks like they're going to get re-gunned to handle the Army's Excalibur GPS-guided ammo. Not making the guns able to handle NATO-standard 155mm shells was so stupid I can't describe things.

The worst part is that we're only going to have one of them deployed at any one time. Well, we could surge a second one, but the usual operational profile is to have one ship at sea, one ship in refit, and one ship working up after refit before deployment.

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