The new ship is conceived as a response to those concerns. Rather than buying 52 littoral combat ships as originally planned, the Navy now will likely buy 32 LCS vessels and 20 newer models with more weapons. The whole group of 52 ships will be designated as fast frigates, according to Defense News.
“If it’s like a frigate, why don’t we call it a frigate?” Mabus said Thursday at a conference outside Washington, the newspaper reported.
“We are going to change the hull designation of the LCS class ships to FF,” Mabus said. “It will still be the same ship, the same program of record, just with an appropriate and traditional name.”
Hagel said in December that by May, the Navy must provide the Defense Department with a strategy to buy the newest ship by no later than fiscal 2019 while identifying ways to increase its protection and lethality. The Navy also must provide a detailed assessment of the cost and feasibility of upgrading the existing LCS fleet.