I have already posted on this once, but Michael Yon's post concerning the Iraqi oil terminals did raise an issue with me concerning the Navy's future ship needs. I'm certain there are many good reasons why a $1 billion dollar cruiser is sitting off the terminals (air protection - sea keeping, maybe?).
USS Normandy (Yon photo)
I wonder, however, if the big ship could be better used out in the blue water (nearby. maybe) and replaced with something like this: Monitor (photo source)