Sunday, May 07, 2017

What is this Damen Crossover you're talking about?

Thanks to Ogden for the link!

I was monitoring a conversation on an earlier blog post about my contention that the Absalon Class ship is the perfect replacement vessel for the LCS.  Others agreed but tossed a few other contenders in the ring.  One of them is the Damen Crossover you see above (website here).

Its a fine ship but I think it falls short.  Why?  Because I see a family of ships that are all optimized to perform specific missions instead of being multi-mission out the box like the Absalon.  I stand by my contention.  The Navy should get, and the Marine Corps/SOCOM/Army Aviation should all push for the Absalon as our primary independent ship operations warrior/lilly pad for multi-domain operations (the Pentagon should love that use of buzzwords...put me in coach I'm ready to play!).

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