Naval war with Iran in Strait of Hormuz could prove-out original intent of Navy's littoral combat ship

LCS could prove itself to clear mines, hunt midget submarines in the shallow waters of the strait, and fight swarms of small, armed Iranian boats.

Lcs 8 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON – Suppose the Islamic State of Iran fortified its territory near the Strait of Hormuz with many anti-ship cruise missiles, ocean mines, surface-to-air missiles, radars, and sophisticated fire control systems. The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

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8 Aug. 2019 -- Now assume that the United States decides to undertake the military operations required to restore freedom of navigation to an Iranian-blocked Straits of Hormuz. How might America conduct such a shallow-water operation in that contested environment?

The Navy could employ, among other options, the littoral combat ship (LCS), which will eventually number 35 vessels, to clear mines, hunt midget submarines in the confined shallow waters of the strait, and fight swarming attack boats.

These essential tasks like fighting-off swarming attack boats are precisely what the Navy intended the Freedom and Independence-class ships to do.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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