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US Navy newest warship, USS Independence LCS 2

 
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Sep 11, 2011 14:41 |  #1

My family and I were among the lucky few that got tickets for the tour. They sold out in
45 minutes. This is the newest class of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

This ship was built by General Dynamics in Mobile, Alabama.

USS Independence (LCS 2) has an overall length of 418-ft., maximum beam of 104 ft.
and full load displacement of 2,637 tons. The seaframe is based on Austal's all-aluminum
design for the Benchijigua Express passenger/car ferry. Two General Electric LM2500 22
MW gas turbines and two MTU 20V8000M90 9100 kW diesel engines are the prime
movers, powering four large steering and reversing Wärtsilä-Lips 2 X LJ160E and 2 X
LJ150E waterjets. Yes, there are a total of four water jet propulsion systems. Today they
said she can reach speed in excess of 50 knots.

This ship has the Raytheon Evolved SeaRAM missile defense system installed on the
hangar roof. The SeaRAM combines the sensors of the Phalanx 1B (Sea-Wiz gatling
gun) close-in weapon system with an 11-missile launcher for the Rolling Airframe
Missile (RAM), creating an autonomous system.

The ship was amazing, and they treated us like I was a 5 star, fleet admiral.

We had a LCDR (Lieutenant Commander) escorting us through, and at each
station, they had various specialists to explain stuff (within reason). Just a
few times they smiled and said, sorry we can not answer that.

We were taken just about everywhere, bridge, CIC, advanced weapons, flight deck,
launch bay, in the chopper, the remote submersible, even small and large handheld
weapons.

My son sat on the pilots seat in the chopper, sat in the captains chain on the bridge, sat at
a CIC station, and handled some rather large, 'small handheld' weapons.

They did tell me not to take any pictures of the consoles in CIC.

This ship had a crew of only 43 persons on board, and at present 3 of them are female.

Enjoy the photo tour!


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overview

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as we approached
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the stern
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go-fast boat
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chopper on deck
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Raytheon Evolved SeaRAM missile defense system
to watch over and protect our sailors

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our son in control
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looking down the tunnel
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Enjoy the photo tour!


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Sep 11, 2011 19:07 |  #2

nice!


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Sep 11, 2011 20:54 |  #3

RadAL wrote in post #13086463 (external link)
nice!

Thank you.

I hope you enjoyed the photo tour!:D


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Sep 12, 2011 00:46 |  #4

That thing is nuts!


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Sep 12, 2011 05:25 |  #5

Nice series
Awesome ship
I might ad Austal is an Aussie company based in Perth, Western Australia


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Sep 12, 2011 05:30 |  #6

What is the main purpose for this ship?

It looks like it was built to hunt pirate ships...


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Sep 12, 2011 05:40 |  #7

High speed military transport.


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Sep 12, 2011 09:22 |  #8

Ok. :-)


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Sep 14, 2011 09:44 |  #9

Good series on it!


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Sep 14, 2011 18:35 |  #10

Nice series. Did you catch the ship when it was visiting St. Petersburg? Tickets went fast.


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Sep 14, 2011 18:52 |  #11

Cool...thanks for the pics! I knew the first CO of this ship (went thru some training with him) and a friend of mine is the CO (Commanding Officer for those who didn't know) of LCS-1 USS Freedom, same missions, different design (the Independence is a trimaran hull vice a single hull on the Freedom)...




  
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Sep 15, 2011 15:22 |  #12

FLphotoguy wrote in post #13104376 (external link)
Nice series. Did you catch the ship when it was visiting St. Petersburg? Tickets went fast.

Yes, St. Pete.

Tickets sold out in 45 minutes. I was very fortunate to get mine!


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Sep 16, 2011 03:05 |  #13

Desertraptor wrote in post #13088872 (external link)
Nice series
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I might ad Austal is an Aussie company based in Perth, Western Australia

they also have a real, REAL big ship yard here in mobile alabama, at least 2 or 3 big buildings.


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Sep 16, 2011 11:17 |  #14

Cool pictures and thanks for sharing. You don't really see very many shots from onboard these things. Isn't this the boat that is disintegrating faster than expected?


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Cool pictures and thanks for sharing. You don't really see very many shots from onboard these things. Isn't this the boat that is disintegrating faster than expected?

Thank you!

Yes, there have been some corrision issues.


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