No Fighting in the Littoral!
5:12 PM, Feb 6, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is to be the cornerstone of a revitalized surface fleet (if the Navy can ever get the thing built at a reasonable price). The Navy's next generation destroyer, the DDG-1000, is also built to "dominate the littoral." This is because the Pentagon is betting that future Naval conflicts are likely to be fought in the littoral, rather than in the open ocean. But apparently the Navy can't train in the littoral:
If a war breaks out, maybe the Chinese will also agree not to use sonar near the coast or when whales are around. Short of that, this has the effect of endangering the lives of American sailors. So what's this really about (besides the fact that environmentalists care more about the whales than humans)?
I don't believe a lawyer for the NRDC is qualified to determine what is necessary for effective naval training. I'd prefer to leave that decision to the Navy, and my imperial president.