LCS 2 and 1

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2), foreground, and USS Freedom (LCS 1) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of San Diego, Calif., May 2, 2012. The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, networked surface combatant designed to operate in the near-shore environment, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. (DoD photo by Lt. Jan Shultis, U.S. Navy/Released)

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2), foreground, and USS Freedom (LCS 1) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of San Diego, Calif., May 2, 2012. The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, networked surface combatant designed to operate in the near-shore environment, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. (DoD photo by Lt. Jan Shultis, U.S. Navy/Released)