The Navy plans on slapping a laser weapon on a littoral combat ship for the first time in the next year amid increased efforts to field laser systems aboard surface warships, USNI News reports
In the latest sign that the Navy seems to have finally given up on the issue-plagued 'little crappy ships,' the service reportedly plans on decommissioning its first four littoral combat ship in 2021 to save cash.
Only 317 of the USS Indianapolis's 1,196 sailors survived after five days afloat in the Pacific. Some died from dehydration; others were killed by sharks. It was the biggest loss of life in the Navy's history
"LCS packs a punch and gives potential adversaries another reason to stay awake at night."
Just six littoral combat ships were deployable in 2019, a low readiness rate calls into question the wisdom of the Navy's investment in the type