You'll recall the recent post noting that no LCS would be attending the 2014 RIMPAC exercise despite it being everything that the LCS is supposedly ideally suited for - you know, like partnership exercises, show the flag, Pacific Pivot, multi-national training, non-intimidating interactions with small-navy allies, etc. Well, it's now being reported that the Navy has reversed their decision and will send the USS Independence, LCS-2.
Did some tactical or operational requirement suddenly pop up that now makes it imperative for an LCS to be there? Or, are Navy operational assignments now being dictated by media reaction? Seriously, this is just the Navy responding to a mini-blizzard of media mocking of the LCS' original non-participation.
I don't know which is more disappointing: that the Navy couldn't see the value in sending an LCS to the very type of exercise that the LCS is supposedly ideally suited for or that the Navy is allowing public reaction to determine operational assignments. Hmm ... I'll call that one a tie. They're both pretty disappointing.