New warship USS Independence tops 50 mph in trials

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    This image provided by the US Navy shows the littoral combat ship Independence (LCS 2) underway during builder's trials on July 12, 2009. Builder's trials are the first opportunity for the shipbuilder and the U.S. Navy to operate the ship underway, and provide an opportunity to test and correct issues before acceptance trials. The second of the Navy's new generation of speedy warships designed to operate close to shore topped 50 miles per hour in builder trials completed this month. Officials say the Independence, a 418-foot ship built in Alabama, traveled in excess of 45 knots, which equates to nearly 52 mph, and sustained 44 knots during a four-hour, full-speed sprint.
    (AP Photo/Dennis Griggs - US Navy)
  2. That should shit the Taliban up....
  3. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Whatshisname, the bloke who runs Oracle, he has got a much better boat than that - maybe the USN should ask to borrow it?
  4. Does Terry have a littoral capability?
  5. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    speed might be good but the problme is it means the hull is full of engines and fuel, what is the weapons fit of the LCS, hardly anything because there is hardly any room for anything !!
  6. Being that it's designed for coastal defense, I don't think the Taliban is part of the equation.
  7. Exactly, so what's the point in this white elephant?
  8. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    its not coastal defence as in defending the shores of the USA but littoral warfare, anywhere in the world

    how much?
  9. This is the first I've heard of this. It's no Aegis, that's for sure. It appears to be a fancy patrol/landing craft. Here's some more basic info:

    Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are relatively small surface vessels intended for operations in the littoral zone (close to shore). It is "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals.".[1] Two ship classes are the first examples of the LCS in the U.S. Navy: the Freedom-class and the Independence-class. LCS designs are slightly smaller than the Navy's guided missile frigates, and have been compared to the corvette of international usage. However, the LCS designs add the capabilities of a small assault transport with a flight deck and hangar large enough to base two SH-60 Seahawk helicopters, the capability to recover and launch small boats from a stern ramp, and enough cargo volume and payload to deliver a small assault force with armoured fighting vehicles to a roll-on/roll-off port facility. The standard armament for the LCS are Mk 110 57 mm guns, while modules containing Non-Line-of-Sight Launch Systems are available. It will also be able to launch autonomous air, surface, and underwater vehicles.[2] Although the LCS designs offer less air defense and surface-to-surface capabilities than comparable destroyers, the LCS concept emphasizes speed, flexible mission module space and a shallow draft.
  10. So it could be used to insert and recover "them". It makes you wonder what have the "planners" got in mind for us now? For what and where will they be used I wonder .... oops, got to go, knock at the door .....
  11. What an ill-informed statement. Firstly, theres plenty of storage space aboard, and secondly, you don't fit your weapons inside the hull, you bolt them on the outside.
  12. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    Could be quite handy off Somalia.
  13. Except for the magazines, and associated handling systems, etc.
  14. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    especially if you are using a VLS, in which case it is all internal :D

    In very favourable weather conditions it can do about 4000nm, at economical speeds

    is armed with a single 57mm main gun, a SEARAM launcher, a few cannons, a couple of helicopters and a naval version of a missile that isnt out of testing yet

    Still, it can go fast

    Wow, I bet the naval forces of the world are sh1tting it
  15. The 57-mm Mk 110 naval gun system is more lethal and has a higher rate-of-fire than any competing system. Linked with a digital fire control system, the 57-mm Mk 110 fires automatic salvos at up to 220 rounds per minute. Servo-controlled electro hydraulic gun laying subsystems provide robust endurance and extreme pointing accuracy, even in high sea-state conditions.

    The highly compact and lightweight Mk 110 requires minimal deck penetration and space below deck for ease in integration to a variety of hull types of 150 tons or more. The system requires minimal manpower for operation and maintenance, and affords unparalleled availability through high level redundancy, built-in test functions, ready component access and onboard tools and spares