Longtime readers may start to grasp that I’m fascinated by small surface combatants, particularly in our Navy. Historically, our Navy has had to deploy long distances, and operate far from homeport for extended periods of time. That argues for larger ships with greater endurance. However, we’ve also often found ourselves in need of smaller ships to perform a myriad of combat or maritime security operation. The current class of Patrol Coastal ships were actually intended to support special warfare operations when they were bought in the 1990s. It turned out, they were somewhat ill suited for that role, and the Navy started to try to rid themselves of them. But the operations in the Arabian Gulf after 9/11 found the Navy in need of more ships for maritime security, and the PCs were quite well suited for that. The orphans found a new home, with 10 of the 13 ships permanently bases in Bahrain now.
So what is life like on a PC? Here’s a collection of videos showing the PC fleet in action.
If you’ve watched all the videos above, you’ve earned a little splodey.