Some rambling thoughts I made at Galrahns blog about LCS/Motherships/Strategy/Force Structure etc.:
I never really understood what the LCS was supposed to or how it was supposed to do it.
The high-speed requirement which isnt likely to be met must certainly have caused a myriad of design problems.
With 62 Burkes and 22 Ticos plus a handful of DDX/CGX the USN should be able to field 10 CSGs, 10 ESGs and 10 SSGs.
Another requirement is a dozen frigate type ships for mostly Western Hemisphere Ops and ASW/MW R&D.
Four based in San Diego and the rest in Mayport.
This ship should have high endurance/Seakeeping standards and the ability to operate/maintain two 15 ton helos, boats for boarding, a remote vehicle operating capablity and appropriate self-defense weapons/sensors.
Larger than LCS but not over 5000 tons and preferably less if possible.
Ten Motherships based on the LPD 17 class capable of supporting small boats/attack craft, support up to four CH 53 equivilants and able to operate remote vehicles. And again fitted with appropriate self-defense weapons.
These vessels could be operated independently or with CSG/ESG/SSG formations.
But usually accompanied by a single non-organic helo fitted Burke DDG.
With 28 Burkes with no organic helo divvied up with other helo capable ships in particular Carriers, LHA/Ds and "motherships"(for lack of a better term) their true strength can be leveraged and their inherent shortcomings minimized.
Those Burkes, Frigates and Motherships are all team players in wartime scenarios and all but the Burkes capable of useful independent non-wartime missions.
How to pay for it?
Seabase to me its a non-starter far too vulnerable tactically, strategically and logistically IMHO at least as proposed.
Just some thoughts.
Im probably way off base.
A few things that are related.:
Did you read my comments under your LCS blog?
Seabase must evolve quickly to get the ten LPD 17 variants I talked about above.
Maritime Strategy: The key for me is "scalability"
Again Global fleet Stations and the Mothership/New frigate class/Burke class DDGs plus the SSG formation are the key.
Increased USMC participation ie ESGs and Air Power ie CSGs flow from the above.
And would greatly increase the unpredictability of those large formations deployments.
But the Seabasing plan as now envisioned and at the point of being funded along with the LCS program must be scrapped.
The LSD deployments are fine for a start but IMHO are not the long term answer that an LPD 17 variant could, would, should be.
The USN has window of opportunity that will close in less than six months to secure its future.
It must bite the bullet where necessary and must not fail to exploit this short window of opportunity to the fullest extent possible.
The only question is the USN leadership prepared to to do what is right, realistic and pragmatic or will it be business as usual????????????????????