Good job you do live in Alabama,if you were in the UK now you would be on the wanted list by every PC organisation in the country.
I DO agree with you Jonas about PC running amuck, however, that quote was a historic reference to the days when the European colonial powers and the U.S. used to station their elderly, ineffective, and just plain weird vessels in out of the way corners of the world to show presence and "overawe the Wogs". Good case in point - China Station at Shanghai and the US Asiatic Fleet pre WW2 - The last armored cruiser left in the USN - the ex USS New York (a Spanish War veteran)/ USS Rochester - spent its last years there and it was still actually in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded where it was scuttled and is dived on to this day.
That's why I have my opinion of these new LCS - I believe they are a modern version of that old naval practice and like the Cyclone Class Patrol Gunboats the USN built a few years ago, they'll eventually be eased out for something more effective (the USN sent them to the Coast Guard).
Sorry for any misunderstanding!