The U.S. Navy has long identified threats in the littorals and the need to fight within these close waters, but it still struggles with creating a capable fighting force that provides speed, lethality, and a deterrent. Expeditionary strike groups are back in vogue with the Navy–Marine Corps team; a new frigate may soon be on the horizon; and the littoral combat ships (LCSs) still are in search of a viable combat mission. These options, however, all involve large, expensive platforms and have been the focus of the surface fleet for too long. What the Navy–Marine Corps team needs is a complement to existing capital ships—fast-attacking ships that are strategic assets and can be deployed globally.
Read the full article in the June 2019 issue of Proceedings.