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.