Despite a significant investment, the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) has garnered its fair share of detractors, and it would seem the Navy has now decided to move on from the design it touts as “the future” of Naval warfare.

According to a Request for Information (RFI) posted by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, the Navy is now on the market for a new frigate design, tentatively called FFG(X), or Fast Frigate, Guided (Experimental).  This request comes only days after Lockheed Martin launched the latest LCS to take to the water, the LCS Billings, on July 1st.

The Billings is the eighth LCS to be launched, with four already commissioned and in service dating back as far as 2008.  Problems with the ship that was once intended to be the future workhorse of the Navy began surfacing almost immediately.  The USS Independence had to return to dry dock after only a year in the water due to expansive corrosion issues, the USS Coronado was forced to cut short a planned deployment due to mechanical issues, the USS Freedom needed a new diesel powerplant after only a few years on the water, and the USS Fort Worth was left to sit idle in Singapore for months as they worked out mechanical problems.

And those mechanical issues aren’t the LCS’ only problems.  In conjunction with the ship’s high-profile reliability issues, it is also meagerly armed, with only a single 57-millimeter bow-mounted gun and a pair of 30-millimeter light cannons.  The ships were intended to be armed with anti-ship missiles, but no plan to actually do so has yet to come to fruition.  As a result, many in the Navy have called the LCS a failure, but with nine ships already launched or under construction and a standing order for 31 more, the Navy may finally be willing to reconsider the feasibility of the LCS in a geopolitical climate where naval strength is growing in importance.