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Subject: More Henderson, Less Bonds
YelliChink    10/6/2010 10:42:24 AM
From USNI Proceedings: http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2010-04/more-henderson-less-bonds ========= I haven't read this yet, but it seems to be a very important article which reflects the rethinking of forces structure of the USN.
 
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YelliChink       10/7/2010 12:42:17 PM
 
The link failed so I posted it again:
 
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 In what is commonly referred to as the littoral, the Navy needs a ship capable of dealing with local security issues, yet inexpensive enough to be purchased in large numbers by the United States and its coalition partners. Austal's 90-meter multi-role vessel (MRV), with its 40-mm naval gun, 500-square-meter logistics deck, helo deck, and hangar, seems to meet all the mission requirements. In addition, its 28-day endurance and the fact that it can be built in a U.S. shipyard only adds to its attraction. While many critics might point to its aluminum hull technology, the same used to construct the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV), this ship seems perfect for littoral sea-control operations. The United States should trade Tiffany-priced capabilities for sheer numbers to increase American presence. Under these conditions, three such vessels, at a cost of $150 million each and commanded by lieutenant commanders, will be included in each squadron.
 
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