Now that China seems to be ramping up nuclear submarine production to sausage levels, while Russia works to maintain and modernize their nuclear submarine fleet, would it be meaningful for the US to build a cheap minimalist ASW ship class that lacks expensive air defenses? Essentially a cheap sonar platform with basic ASW armament that can refuel and rearm ASW helicopters, alternatively is provided with a hangar and an organic ASW helicopter. Would it make sense to build corvettes for near-home use like China does, or would it only make sense to build ocean escorts like the US did during the Cold War, or neither?
Ideally, Chinese subs would be caught in the island chains, however the US can't count on catching them all there, or that every sub would be inside the chains at the outbreak of conflict. Neither can the US count on none of Indonesia, Taiwan or the Phillipines flipping to China's side, nor that China won't forward base subs at Rybachiy or Guadalcanal in the future.