More Detail on the Navy’s Surface Combatant Woes

A little follow-up to Tango Seven-Six’s previous post on the Navy’s glaring problems with its newer classes of ships.

Yes, it’s an opinion piece but it contains details that help to illuminate what’s going on.

These new classes of ships are critical to our national defense. With newly emergent anti-access/area-denial threats, a flat defense budget, and a rapidly shrinking fleet, the Navy and the nation it protects desperately need these ships to enter the fleet rapidly and in a mechanically reliable fashion, but they are not. Instead the Ford, the Zumwalt, and both variants of the LCS have all been plagued with numerous and repetitive mechanical failures that largely surround the electrical and propulsion plants. Given that the Ford and the Zumwalt utilize a radical new electric-drive propulsion system, an electrical failure in these classes has the simultaneous effect of being a propulsion failure, an awkward relationship in a wartime environment.


About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to More Detail on the Navy’s Surface Combatant Woes

  1. slater says:

    Zumwalt hasn’t had a lot of problems. My biggest wonder is if the propulsion system can re-charge the batteries fast enough for the rail guns they will eventually fit to her.


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