Here are some recent photos of the LCS 2 (to be USS) Independence. She's at 43 knots here running at half power. We’ve been hearing rumblings about the U.S. Navy’s triple-hulled ships, but here’s one that was launched last month, the U.S.S Independence. Built by General Dynamics, it’s called a “littoral combat ship” (LCS), and the trimaran 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 trimaran 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.
No bow wave
Turns tightly, also; allegedly this also was done at 43 knots...and from the look of the small bow wave, she's still in the turn. Advanced technology, unique manning, and a very recognizable tri-hull – at first glance, nearly everything about Independence’s steep angles, high bridge, and aluminum construction appears to be the first of its kind. That impression continues inside, where a spacious mission module bay is reached by stairs instead of shin-banging ladders, and down below, where four water jets compliment two diesel and two gas turbine engines.
And then we have the massive helo deck big enough for a CH-53. Last time I talked with the SURFPAC guys years ago. THIS was the LCS they liked because of the huge storage capacity under that flight deck and the size of the flight deck.
Note that there is very little spreading wake. In fact, it does not look like a wake at all, just foamy water from the water jets. Somehow, at 40 knots, you'd think there'd be more wake.
But she has one drawback, she's strange looking but aerodynamically designed, is this beginning of a new design in ships?
Here's a Look at The U..S. Navy's New Pirate Catchers! A jet fighter for the water.That is how I would like to call the U.S. Navy’s latest trimaran, the U.S.S. Independence. This trimaran looks every bit aggressive and combatant with it’s tri-hull design that makes it almost unsinkable come what may. But sailing the rough waters is not what this trimaran is designed for. The U.S.S. Independence is designed for doing duty close to the shoreline. and talking about it’s duties, this vessel will carry helicopters, armored vehicles, minesweepers, etc and will stay as close as possible to the battle lines. This obviously means that this vessel is designed to take plenty of fire that it will certainly encounter from the enemy camp. This trimaran will have a top whack of 60 knots which makes it a very fast battleship, and the U.S. Navy has plans to build fifty five of these at an “inexpensive” 208 million dollars for each trimaran.
WOW! A couple of these should be able to clean up the pirates off the coasts of Africa.....
This is the U.S..S. Independence (LCS-2)
It is a Triple Hulled, Weapon-Laden Monster.
Here it is under construction.....
There have been rumors about the U.S. Navy's speedy new triple hulled ships, but now they're for real.
The U.S.S Independence was built by General Dynamics. It's called a "littoral combat ship" (LCS), and the tri-maran can move its weapons around faster than any other 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 very ships will operate. They're tailor-made for launching helicopters and armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes, missiles and machine guns.
These ships are also 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 a 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.
Hooray for the USA !!!