The venerable Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate has been in Navy service for more than 30 years, but many of the 63 remaining ships could be around decades more. An international gathering this spring will consider ways to keep the ships running and even give them a bit more punch.
“What I’m looking for is the ability to have each country understand what activities and products each other country brings to the table,” Rear Adm. James McManamon, deputy commander for surface warfare at Naval Sea Systems Command, said during a recent interview. “These ships are going to be around for a while.”
Though “cheap” is always a relative term, it describes the FFG 7s pretty well. I continue to think that a 21st century FFG 7 is one of the things we should really be looking at. Take some of the automation and newer high-tech innovations from the past couple of decades and work them into a FFG 7 hull. Save some space by cutting down on crew size (slightly) and maybe kick up the power a notch or two.