The Navy Needs To Stop Buying Big Ships To Do All Its Small Jobs

On April 30th, 2020, the Navy announced that it had awarded Marinette Marine Corporation with a contract to build ten guided missile frigates at a cost of about $550 million a piece.

This reminded me of an article I wrote in 2017 lamenting the Navy’s habit of buying nothing but very expensive, although very capable, ships when many missions can be done with far less capable ships. That habit leads to a shortage of ships as you can only afford so much. Without enough ships, missions go unmet.

Well, it seems the Navy read my article and modified the frigate design to be a proven and affordable one! Well, I can’t prove they read my article.

Here’s my article:


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