Pre-Commissioning Unit Independence (LCS 2)

The littoral combat ship pre-commissioning unit Independence (LCS 2) is the second ship in a new design of next-generation combat vessel for close-to-shore operations. The ship will have a crew of less than 40 Sailors and will be able to reach a sustained speed of more than 50 knots. The larger flight deck will accommodate 2 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters or one CH-53-class helicopter. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

The littoral combat ship pre-commissioning unit Independence (LCS 2) is the second ship in a new design of next-generation combat vessel for close-to-shore operations. The ship will have a crew of less than 40 Sailors and will be able to reach a sustained speed of more than 50 knots. The larger flight deck will accommodate 2 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters or one CH-53-class helicopter. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

Comments

  1. Wow, that looks like something straight out of Star Wars.

    And I always thought the first Star Wars like platforms would come from the Air Force, not the Navy…

  2. Wow, wasn’t even thinking that way until I read the comment jay. Now I can’t get the empire’s theme song out of my head. Otherwise, yeah it does look pretty sweet. Although the cool parts will be under water. Wonder if the two LCS’s will race each other some time? 😀

  3. The main gun seen on the forecastle isn’t a 5″ (127mm). It is a 57mm (2.2441″). The ship isn’t meant to engage opposing forces on the open seas. The ship, as indicated by the very light main gun, is designed to operate in shallow water (littoral’s) where it will engage small boats, mines and smaller submarines. For air defense, there are three point defense systems: 1) Phalanx , 2) RAM and 3) the 57mm main gun. The only other core armenment will be air assets (2 SH-60’s and UAV’s). The other armaments will be temporary modular weapons systems. The three module’s being developed are 1) anti-surface warfare, 2) anti-submarine warfare and 3) anti-mine warfare. Two additional modules being discussed are for SOF insertion and a module for amphib missions.

    There is a huge debate about building such a large ship for these purposes that can’t defend itself on the high seas.

  4. Quote: “For air defense, there are three point defense systems: 1) Phalanx , 2) RAM and 3) the 57mm main gun.”

    Actually, there is only a single SeaRAM and main gun…

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