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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 11:56 a.m. PST

"The U.S. Navy is rapidly moving toward procuring the first hull in its new class of frigate in 2020, but a new report is raising questions about whether the Navy has done detailed analysis about what it needs out of the ship before barging ahead.

The Navy may not have done an adequate job of analyzing gaps and capabilities shortfalls before it set itself on a fast-track to buying the so-called FFG(X) as an adaptation from a parent design, said influential Navy analyst Ron O'Rourke in a new Congressional Research Service report.

In essence, the CRS report questions whether the Navy looked at what capabilities the service already has in the fleet, what capabilities it's missing and whether the FFG(X) is the optimal solution to address any identified shortfalls…"
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vicmagpa110 Jul 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

nice article. raises a good question on what the future needs of the Navy be.

Lion in the Stars10 Jul 2018 5:30 p.m. PST

The Navy needs something that can hunt submarines. Something optimized to hunt submarines, with AA secondary. But the AA needs to be enough to cover part of a convoy, not just itself.

Yes, the submariner is saying that the Navy needs sub-hunters.

Sure, there are tools like the P8 Poseidon and the Global Hawk BAMS, but that's good for finding subs at a distance from a convoy and interdicting them. A convoy (or carrier group) still needs point-defense ASW capabilities.

It's one thing when the Norwegians send a small diesel boat to embarrass a carrier group. It's a whole different game when an Ohio-class can sneak in, because you can see an Ohio-class when she's 160ft deep!

emckinney11 Jul 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

The colorful pile of sculls in front of the FREMM is very funny.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 1:28 p.m. PST

It's not about what the navy needs but what the political donors (military industrial complex) needs.

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