"... according to a source intimately familiar with shipboard operations, the Navy has plans to increase the sailor count by 50% to 60 personnel this summer, and is studying the impact of further increasing the crew size to 150, close to the crew size on a a frigate, both to allow for the maintenance now being deferred, and to make sure the vessel can conduct combat operations."So, the Navy is finally coming around and seeing what everyone else has known since the beginning. Unfortunately, given the non-existent weight margins and constrained internal volume, installation of extra berthing, mess, laundry, showers, heads, food storage, etc. to support the additional crew will prove challenging, to say the least.
Hmmm ....... This ship is sounding more and more like a frigate - except for the total lack of weapons and sensors, of course!