I’ve pointed out that the Navy will engage in a PR blitz to cover the fact that the “improved” LCS is a very minor tweak, indeed. We’ve seen some of the PR examples and they’re impressive in their unreality. Well, here’s the latest.
As reported by Breaking Defense website (1), Navy Secretary Ray Mabus claims that the LCS will now be “worthy of the frigate designation” and added this bit of fantasy.
“ ’If you list the attributes of a frigate and then list the attributes of [an improved LCS], we’re actually more capable than a normal frigate is,’ Mabus told reporters after his remarks to the Surface Navy Association conference.”
I’m not even going to bother listing all the ways this vessel falls woefully short of being a “normal frigate”. This statement has one of three possible interpretations:
- He believes his statement in which case he’s an idiot.
- He knows his statement is false in which case he’s a liar.
- He has no idea whether the statement is true and he’s just repeating what he’s being told in which case he’s simply incompetent.
There it is. Mabus is either an idiot, a liar, or incompetent.
Using his naval expertise and analytical mindset, Mabus goes on to identify the main problem with the LCS.
“They don’t look like traditional Navy ships sometimes, and I think that’s one of the issues that traditionalists have …”
Well, I feel foolish. I thought I didn’t like the ship because it was underarmed, underarmored, structurally weak, too loud, short legged, and suffered from a host of other shortcomings. Instead, I now realize that all of my negative feelings stemmed from the ship’s appearance. You know, I think he’s right. Now that I realize the true source of my negative feelings, I suddenly see that everything that I thought was bad about the ship is actually good.
The PR is really ramping up!
LCS: “Don’t be about it, talk about it.”
(1) "What’s In A Name? Making The LCS ‘Frigate’ Reality", Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.,