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Old 22-07-2009, 21:26
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Default USS Independence LCS-2

A couple of these should be able to easily clean all the pirates out of the Indian Ocean ..


USS Independence (LCS-2)


A Triple Hulled, Weapon-Laden Monster.


We've been hearing rumblings about the U.S. Navy's triple-hulled

ships, but here's one that was launched last month, the USS

Independence .. Built by General Dynamics, it's called a "littoral

combat ship" (LCS), and the tri-maran can move huge weapons

around faster than any ship in the Navy. Ironic that with all that

high tech built in, the ship reminds us of the Merrimac ironclad

from Civil War days.

Littoral means close to shore, and that's where these fleet-hulled

babies will operate, tailor-made for launching helicopters and

armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes,

missiles and machine guns.

These ships were designed to be relatively inexpensive this one's

a bargain at $208 million and the navy plans to build 55 of them.

This tri-maran is the first of the new fire-breathing breed, ready to scoot

out of dry dock at a rumored 60 knots.. It's like a speedy and

heavily-armed aircraft carrier for helicopters.



Fred
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Old 22-07-2009, 21:50
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Default Re: US NAVY'S NEW PIRATE CHASER

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A couple of these should be able to easily clean all the pirates out of the Indian Ocean ..


USS Independence (LCS-2)


A Triple Hulled, Weapon-Laden Monster.


We've been hearing rumblings about the U.S. Navy's triple-hulled

ships, but here's one that was launched last month, the USS

Independence .. Built by General Dynamics, it's called a "littoral

combat ship" (LCS), and the tri-maran can move huge weapons

around faster than any ship in the Navy. Ironic that with all that

high tech built in, the ship reminds us of the Merrimac ironclad

from Civil War days.

Littoral means close to shore, and that's where these fleet-hulled

babies will operate, tailor-made for launching helicopters and

armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes,

missiles and machine guns.

These ships were designed to be relatively inexpensive this one's

a bargain at $208 million and the navy plans to build 55 of them.

This tri-maran is the first of the new fire-breathing breed, ready to scoot

out of dry dock at a rumored 60 knots.. It's like a speedy and

heavily-armed aircraft carrier for helicopters.



Fred
what a cracking vessel
and certainly better than the class that was cancelled the DDX Zumwalt class
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Old 21-01-2010, 06:58
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Default USS Independence

Second of the U S Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship designs undergoing trials. The Tri-hull design is interesting, and allows for a good top end speed in normal sea states. Someone said these test shots show 43 knots, but I haven't seen anything documented on such yet.

Sorry the size on these isn't dramatic, but they are clear shots! If I can find the larger originals, I will post some more.
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Old 21-01-2010, 06:59
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The rest of the photos.
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Old 22-01-2010, 11:21
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That photo of her in drydock looks like she's balancing just on her central hull with no support either side. Is that right? Looks a bit dangerous.
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Possibly the least visually appealing warship ever created! It reminds me of a lawn dart!
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Old 22-01-2010, 16:22
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Krieg 1981 -- I don't find her all that appealing either. The US new super destroyer (DDG 1000) falls in the same category of over-modern design that not only lacks appeal but I think could be seriously detrimental to ship operations in emergencies with the lack of ability to get outside the ship. Of course, I'm a cranky old sailor that did my sea duty in the 60s on WWII retread, so what do I know?
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I would give a kidney to serve on the ship you served on! I used to see her at PSNS in mothballs when I was young. I've always had a thing for SCB-125 modernized Essex class carrier! I think the demands of modern technology have taken away from the general "looks" of warships worldwide. It's a pity; It's been happening ever since the end of the Cold War.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:27
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Is this the ship that austral ships is in partnership to build
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:12
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Is this the ship that austral ships is in partnership to build
If you meant to type Austal then yes it is. See the 1st & 3rd photo.

They are also building the US Navys Joint High Speed Vessel as well at the Alabama dockyard.

Al

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Old 12-12-2011, 08:59
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Just one look at them should be enough to scare off any pirate. A thoroughly frightening looking modern warship.
Didn't Vospers design something similar?
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:21
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Shouldn't this be in the US Navy section?

Ex-Triton should have her own thread.
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Old 12-12-2011, 14:42
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Does this thread's placement in the Royal Navy section. mean that the Royal Navy is contracted to the USN for piracy defence?
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Old 12-12-2011, 20:42
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Moved thread to US Navy ships & crews

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Old 12-12-2011, 22:00
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If both classes of USN LCS arent't prompting uncontrollable spasms of laughter by potentional enemies I'm not sure what will. Let's see approximately 3000 tons of TARGET armed with 1-57mm pop gun that has minimal capability to destroy a wooden dhow.

Also no compatibility-when built- between modules for LCS 1 versus LCS 2 class..........simply brilliant. These things are really horrific jokes on we taxPAYERS and the undersized crew that probably can't keep them operational at sea from almost any weapon hits. DFO
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Old 14-12-2011, 10:28
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I believe these were intended initially at least as prototypes to be evaluated than a winner between them choosen as the US Navys investment in the so-called littoral combat zone vessel? Personally i believe a better investment would have been along the lines of a Flight III or according to some, a flight IV, OH Perry class for at least the anti-pirate mission and of course along those same lines, the littoral mission as well. They have already proven their strength, surviveing 2 exocets in the persian gulf and mines as well. The surviveing units maybe getting old but the design is still quite relevant. Tweak it a little for stealth and for a lot cheaper you have a smaller Arleigh Burke for a different mission! The excuse given for not updateing them was mainly that the mk13 launcher and the SM1 missle was out of date and would no longer be maintained or produced, plus putting a VLS unit in its place was too expensive! They could have at least considered just putting the 76mm and magazine where the MK 13 had been than throw some Harpoon launchers up where the 76mm was like they had on the Spruance or Ticonderoga class....still would have been cheaper than this LCS fiasco and where its going to lead, thats for sure!!!

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Cheaper and quite probably useful as a "lo-end" WARship, too!

You are indeed correct: a proto of each was to be built, tested, jusged and then ONE design proceeded with. Instead, due to brilliance far beyond my humble comprehension BOTH 3000 ton TARGETS...err, LCS designs were proceeded with despite lack of commonality between so far mostly non existent combat "modules". Of course, they do both carry that fearsome 57mm popgun. It would be real interesting to see how much damage the pirates heavy weapon of choice-RPG-could do to one of these. A 40 knot target will have a difficult time outrunning an RPG. Given that the "old" RPG-57 made swiss cheese out of the USMC's M-48 MBT in Viet Nam...owch! DFO
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Hi almack
I did mean austal thanks for answering the question

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