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USS Independence


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Oct 17, 2008
Billings, Montana
My XLR/V(s)
2007 Red Jewel XLR
U.S.S. 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 U.S.S 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 built in high tech, the ship actually reminds us of the iron-clad CSS Merrimac 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.

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