CNO Talks LCS Survivability
Testifying in front of SASC and the media, Adm. Greenert and Secretary Ray Mabus defended the need for 52 small surface combatants during their testimony. Mabus emphasized how LCS costs have been driven down and Greenert responded to questions on LCS survivability.
According to Greenert, survivability is a broad term open to interpretation.
In his statements, he defines the three elements of survivability as susceptibility, the ability for a ship to defend itself; vulnerability, the effects of an initial casualty on a ship; and recoverability, the ability for a ship to conduct damage control.
Responding to U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and media, Greenert explained that LCS meets or exceeds the same standards of those expressed elements of survivability and recoverability. He said the attributes of survivability in the LCS are comparable to frigates, and even better than the ships they’re designed to replace such as mine countermeasures and patrol craft. He also pointed out that LCS meets the mission criteria as designed.
Greenert said LCS is an important small surface combatant the Navy needs now and in the future.
Although Greenert supports the overall LCS design, he’s open to modifications that would increase both survivability and flexibility of the platform.