What is an Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship?
The Independence class is a class of littoral combat ships built for the United States Navy. The hull design evolved from a project at Austal to design a high speed, 40 knot cruise ship.
What are the two classes of littoral combat ships?
The Freedom class and the Independence class are the first two LCS variants. Each is slightly smaller than the U.S. Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate but larger than Cyclone-class patrol ships.
Which is better freedom or Independence-class?
In terms of weight, the Independence Class is 188 metric tons lighter due to the high aluminum content. The Freedom Class is the fastest LCS variant at 47 knots (54 mph/87 km/h) vs. 44 knots (51 mph/81 km/h) for the Independence Class.
How fast can the USS Independence go?
USS Independence (LCS-2)
|Speed||44 knots (51 mph; 81 km/h)|
|Range||4,300 nm at 18 knots|
|Capacity||210 t (210 long tons; 230 short tons)|
Which is better freedom or independence class?
Where is the USS Independence?
Independence was decommissioned in 1998 after 39 years of active service. Stored in recent years at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, the ex-Independence was towed beginning on 10 March 2017 to Brownsville, Texas for scrapping. She arrived on 1 June 2017 and dismantling was completed by early 2019.
Why is the USS Independence being decommissioned?
USS Independence (LCS-2) was ceremonially decommissioned at an event not open to the public “due to public health safety and restrictions,” reads a release from Littoral Combat Squadron 1.
How many Freedom class ships are there?
The ships – USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), USS Milwaukee (LCS-5), USS Detroit (LCS-7), USS Little Rock (LCS-9), USS Sioux City (LCS-11), USS Wichita (LCS-13), USS Billings (LCS-15) and USS St. Louis (LCS-19) – are part of the 24 ships the service has chosen to decommission in FY 2023 for an estimated $3.6 billion in savings.