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Document: Report to Congress on the Littoral Combat Ship Program

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USS Independence (LCS 2) shows its maneuverability while underway in the Pacific Ocean on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Independence (LCS 2) shows its maneuverability while underway in the Pacific Ocean on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is the June 25, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress.

  • Secundius

    I think the INDEPENDENCE class LCS would make a good candidate for Frigate replacement hull design. Enlarge it, strengthen the hull design, replace the main gun, with something bigger. And replace the water-jets with azipods instead. And, give at least a 35-knots maximum speed capability.

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    • Joe

      I know this isn’t a well known fact, but the ship itself can handle up to 70 knotts given the right water conditions as is. As for the main gun, anti ship missiles are the way of future surface warfare. It’s purpose is not to be big, but precise and rapid firing to deal with swarm attacks. What they need is substantial ship to ship missile capabilities to make them more lethal, not a larger gun.

      • Secundius

        @ joe.

        Are you talking about the pre-WW2 Navy Airship Independence??? Because the highest recorded speed of Independence class LCS, was 44-knots, not 70-knots.

        • Joe

          No, that is not the highest recorded speed. That is the highest rated speed according to ship handling specs as laid out in naval testing guidelines. The ship is considerably faster than that.

          • Secundius

            @ Joe.

            Being Capable Rated on paper for 70-knots and having been recorded of only being able of doing 44-knots, actual. Is a VAST difference in performance capabilities.

          • Joe

            Again, I will state. That is NOT the highest recorded speed. The highest speed for which they are rated on paper is 44 knots. You are actually stating the situation in the exact reverse. And yes, it is a vast difference. The speed of the boat will drop as more and more weapons are loaded onto it and the weight increases.

          • Secundius

            @ Joe.

            No the actual speed recorded PERIOD, is 44-knots. Not unless the INDEPENDENCE class LCS, has unseen deployable “Hydrofoil Struts” that nobody knows about.

          • Joe

            Ok, it’s not like I haven’t seen it myself. Whatever makes you feel better.