The fact that China’s been building up its military with speed and agility recently is nothing new, but Beijing is now going head-to-head with one of the U.S. Navy’s most troubled programs.
The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is meant to be part of the fleet being moved to the Pacific, and though a couple versions of the ship were put to sea four years ago, the program is still beset by problems and nowhere near combat ready.
Tidy looking little ship. Russia used to build a lot of corvette sized vessels, mostly for coastal ASW, but also fully capable of littoral anti-surface warfare. The Chinese did too, but in the old days, their ships and sensors were laughable. No more.
And interesting that the article talks about how the LCS is a key component of the shift in strategic emphasis to the Pacific. Because as I recall the sales pitch for the LCS program, the Rim of the Pacific wasn’t mentioned anywhere. Sounds like an after-the-fact bit of justification to me.