LCS and Cruise Ships

The littoral combat ship USS Independence is pier side during a port visit to Key West, Fla. Independence is enroute to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before transiting to its homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Zachary Harrell)

The littoral combat ship USS Independence is pier side during a port visit to Key West, Fla. Independence is enroute to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before transiting to its homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Zachary Harrell)

No comments about comparative armament or combat survivability on this post, please.

Comments

  1. From that angle you can really see the resemblance to those catamaran ferry boats.

    Does anybody know when it will be in Norfolk? I’m tempted to make a road trip down there to see this thing.

  2. Good grief, it’s huge. I was apparently laboring under the misapprehension that these would be smaller vessels.

  3. Oh, come on. We would need more info. A Carnival liner, for example, will have much higher body count than a Royal Caribbean liner…

  4. Hmm, I just discovered that the Cat ferry I was thinking about was shut down at the end of last year.

    http://www.nfl-bay.com/

    That was a pretty impressive ship. Maybe they’re just a solutuion looking for a problem….

  5. I think that photo is misleading. It makes the LCS appear rather large. According to web sources, the LCS is around 2,700 tons. The smallest Carnival Cruise ships, if those are Carnival ships, come in around 70,000 tons.

  6. I have to admit I”am an Army type and don’t know a thing about ships. So do all ships pee?

  7. And when it’s not performing it’s intended mission (what ever that is), it could be generating revenue for the cash strapped DoD by serving as Flagship of an Adventure Cruise Line.

    Featuring adventure themed cruises for thrill seekers looking for more than the usual lay around in the sun, stuff your mug till you puke, dancing/rock climbing limp wristed cruises everyone else has. Think, “Pirates of the Somali Coast” Guests would be placed in the crew, given an M4 (500 rds complimentary ammunition) and practice kicking A and takng names on pirates ‘n stuff.

    Where do I sign up?

    1. Murdoc would be all over that. We’d have annual Murdoc Cruises where all the readers would take a week and go cruise around. Maybe they’d give us some depth charges or something for bringing a big group.

    2. Can I bring my 03A3 and my dad bring his HK91?
      For those longer shots.
      Do we get a discount if we get the highest “Pirates Neutralized” count? Make pirate hunting a competitive sport

  8. Yep. And it goes rilly, rilly fast, so it’s survivable.

    That’s a good idea, isn’t it? It worked so well for British battle cruisers a century ago!

  9. Super expensive ships! 1 57mm gun?!? WTF? At least replace it w/ a 76mm gun. Yes- I know- exchangable mission modules, blah, blach, blah. We should just look at some of the 76mm armed Corvettes numerous other navies use and modify/copy them- more firepower, greater numbers and cost a hell of a lot less.

    OooPPss!!! I forgot- ” Not invented here” is in play along with the MICC Complex.

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