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(Wired)   Wired: "The US Navy's new class of ship is about to be deployed. Here's how to destroy them"   ( wired.com) divider line
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2013-01-15 06:52:47 PM  
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You know what we should keep doing? Building giant ships, complex aircraft, and cumbersome land vehicles that require expensive, specialized infrastructure, personnel trained on systems so specific that not only can they only do "that one thing", but their skills are useless outside of the military, and take so long to research develop, and build that by the time they deploy, any enemy with a real chance of doing harm to them and their crew already knows how to do so.

What we SHOULDN'T do is spend the same money on developing swarms, fleets, and armies of disposable remotely piloted drones that reduce our loss of life, requisites for a deployed force, and necessary support infrastructure, because then we wouldn't have billions (trillions) of dollars of military contractor welfare handed out to companies (and the select few who decide where those dollars go) while not being accountable for any of it.

/woo america
2013-01-15 04:52:21 PM  
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Four of these?
2013-01-15 04:48:30 PM  
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AirForceVet: When I heard they were using an aluminum superstructure on the Littoral class, I was wondering didn't anyone remember the lessons from the 1970s?

USS Belknap and its aluminum superstructure after colliding with aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in 1975, catching fire.

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/History often repeats itself unfortunately.
2013-01-15 04:44:16 PM  
2 votes:
This is littorally the worst ship ever.
2013-01-15 04:12:46 PM  
2 votes:
When I heard they were using an aluminum superstructure on the Littoral class, I was wondering didn't anyone remember the lessons from the 1970s?
2013-01-17 05:24:25 PM  
1 vote:

MisterRonbo: FTA: The Navy ultimately wants to buy 55 of the ships.

Iran China seen getting a price estimate on 55 cruise missiles.

2013-01-16 05:04:33 AM  
1 vote:

Tobin_Lam: iaazathot: Ah, reminds me of the stealch destroyer they build that couldn't defend itself from short and medium range air assault, the most common method for destroying destroyers.

An air assault from whom? The US has air superiority everywhere it goes. If it is a coalition aircraft and it is flying in US-controlled airspace, it either won't be flying for long or the US is letting it fly. Besides, most ships travel in groups that contain the full range of offense and defense.

While true about the air superiority part, I think you're wrong about the group travel part. The point of this ship's mine-sweeping and littoral functionality means a big part of its job is going to be outside the group. While it may still be under the protective umbrella of an AEGIS system, this is not necessarily going to be the case in a large percentage of its uses.

I think what they should have been going for is a supermegaPT boat, but they ended up with something like a castrated corvette.
2013-01-15 07:29:54 PM  
1 vote:
A Navy vessel that doesn't work and will require extensive and expensive design fixes to correct.  Lemme guess, Lockheed or General-Dynamics is the builder...

USS Freedom (LCS-1) is produced by the Lockheed Martin consortium, in competition with the General Dynamics-designed USS Independence

Can we nuke those two from orbit already?  Farking corporate welfare and theft at its worse.
2013-01-15 07:20:08 PM  
1 vote:
fark you. It was $670 million of stimulating the economy. When it's destroyed and rebuilt, that much more economy stimulating.
2013-01-15 07:10:40 PM  
1 vote:

Nem Wan: Relatively Obscure: I'm sure Wired will be the downfall of the US Navy, subby.

Well wouldn't know it's not combat ready if nobody revealed that fact. We should be talking about the corbomite device it definitely has that makes it impervious to any attack and will utterly destroy the attacker.

Not to mention the fact that the daily rum ration has been replaced with tranya.

I hope the crew will relish it as much as I.

*sip* ahhhh

2013-01-15 07:07:47 PM  
1 vote:
I see no such information in the article, subtard.

If the people of the US bought a lemon with their defense budget, they have a right to know.
2013-01-15 06:55:39 PM  
1 vote:
Sorry Ike, we should have listened to you, but in the 60's businesses realized they can vote themselves money and they've been at the trough ever since.
2013-01-15 05:58:09 PM  
1 vote:

t3knomanser: So, which congressional district was this built in? I just want to know where all the pork is going.

My question exactly. Who built this shiat?
2013-01-15 05:31:39 PM  
1 vote:
55 of these? Really? What a waste. This money would be better invested in paying down the national debt.

US Defense Industry. Protecting your freedom the US Defense Industry.
2013-01-15 05:10:42 PM  
1 vote:
Whatever direction the Navy was thinking of going in to stay relevant in today's threat environment....this is NOT IT.
2013-01-15 04:56:41 PM  
1 vote:
So, which congressional district was this built in? I just want to know where all the pork is going.
2013-01-15 04:55:39 PM  
1 vote:
Unless it has 2 CIWS, a 64 cell VLS and armour it will not have much of a chance in a real combat situation.
2013-01-15 04:10:27 PM  
1 vote:
Somehow, I don't think "shoot at it" is a huge secret
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