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USS Independence

The ‘USS Independence’ (LCS 2) entered service in 2010. The vessel design is based on that of a high-speed trimaran. Wärtsilä supplies two LJ150E waterjets for the wing propulsion lines, and two LJ160E waterjets for the centre propulsion lines. (photo courtesy of AUSTAL)

The vessel is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots and can operate in water less than 20 feet deep.  The ‘USS Independence’ is an innovative combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters to counter challenging threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, submarines, and fast surface craft.

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