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Old 08-06-2017, 09:17 AM
 
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Why does the Navy have so many different kinds of small water craft? I understand the small inflatable boats. They can be stored and deployed easily on other ships. But they have these somewhat yacht style boats like the ones in the vid. I am sure the sea ark can go up river can it not? And why do you need that luxury yacht they call coastal command patrol boat, when you have large coastal patrol Cyclone class vessels already? Also how do you transport these vessels to foreign waters? Besides the Cyclone class none are sea worthy. If you have to tow them, it seems kind of redundant having so many different kinds.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP7Um61zaFg


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNXZzCUjWCg&t=143s


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2OS4Q_KLeY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEoNLQTXt-8

Come to think, why even have cruisers, destroyers, and then frigates? Dont they all serve the same purpose with only difference being how much ammo each ship has room for? Instead of building cruisers and frigates, just meet in the middle, and build more destroyers.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:48 PM
 
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As a former sailor, I can tell you exactly why. Some body is making a large amount of money off of it. Unlike aircraft, which have had major generational changes, ships haven't, not in a long time. The improvement in technology, could be applied to older ships. In many countries, that is exactly what they do. They haul the old girl back into dry dock, upgrade the radar, sonar, engines, etc., and put her back out to sea. In the U. S. Navy, there have been countless one offs, tons of experiments, that have cost the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Most are never successful.


Look at the Littoral Combat Ship, as the latest example.


The Navy could very well pick one hull, and outfit it as needed. A modular design that could be used multiple ways. Doing this however, will allow the contractor who develops it, to get a locked in long term contract, and that makes congress very angry. They would rather spread the money around.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:45 PM
 
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As a former sailor, I can tell you exactly why. Some body is making a large amount of money off of it. Unlike aircraft, which have had major generational changes, ships haven't, not in a long time. The improvement in technology, could be applied to older ships. In many countries, that is exactly what they do. They haul the old girl back into dry dock, upgrade the radar, sonar, engines, etc., and put her back out to sea. In the U. S. Navy, there have been countless one offs, tons of experiments, that have cost the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Most are never successful.


Look at the Littoral Combat Ship, as the latest example.


The Navy could very well pick one hull, and outfit it as needed. A modular design that could be used multiple ways. Doing this however, will allow the contractor who develops it, to get a locked in long term contract, and that makes congress very angry. They would rather spread the money around.
The littoral combat ship, is that suppose to perform similar function as the Cyclone class coastal patrol boat in the vid I posted above?
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