Small Combatants for the Homeland Mission: Littoral Combat Ships, Frigates, and Corvettes

Brown, Andrew M.

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This thesis examines how the composition of the U.S. fleet, with specific focus on small combatants, affects the ability of the United States Navy to undertake homeland defense missions and provides suggestions to improve its core competency.

Currently, the U.S. Navy relies on a shrinking group of aging Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates to conduct counterpiracy, counter-narcotics, counter maritime insurgency, and maritime engagement missions. The large warships that make up the rest of the fl