Littoral Combat Ship SUW Mission Package: Surface Action Group
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Integration and force concentration have become foundational principles in modern military operational thinking. These concepts are particularly important today as the Navy focuses on major fleet operations and Great Power Competition. Insular operations are becoming obsolete,and the value of a surface combatant that deploys independently is waning. As the rest of theNavy is driving toward further integration, the deployment model of the Littoral Combat ShipLCS appears uniquely autonomous. In particular, the combat effectiveness of the LCS SurfaceWarfare SUW Mission Package MP has been marginalized by operationally deploying as a solitaryunit. The Navy should consider an LCS deployment model built around a multi-ship Surface Action Group SAG, comprised of two or more SUW-configured LCSs, in order to improve offensivelethality, enhance mutual defense and logistics support, and increase combat and trainingreadiness.
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