Frigate. Over at Information Dissemination. He calls LCS a “light frigate, a corvette”, noting ”I never understood why we didn’t just call it that in the first place”. Neither did many of the rest of us.
In fact, stridently denying that LCS was to replace the FFG-7s at the lower end of the “hi-lo” mix when it was obvious to everyone that was almost certainly the role it would fill, didn’t do anything for the credibility of the US Navy nor those pushing LCS.
Admiral Kirby makes a number of historical references to unproven ship design, including the Six Frigates, and USS Monitor. Whatever else those “experimental” vessels were, they were powerfully-armed and were well-protected. Those are precisely the areas LCS is found most wanting. Both designs are fragile and woefully under-armed.
Anyway, read Admiral Kirby’s assertions. He makes some valid points, but you can be the judge of just how many, and just how valid.