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. Later vessels in the series are equipped with WLD1500SR waterjets on the wing propulsion lines and WLD1720SR waterjets on the centre propulsion lines. (photo courtesy of AUSTAL)

In 2010 as the first of a series of initially ten. 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.

Name USS Independence
Type Littoral Combat Ship
Owner US Navy
Builder Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama in the USA
Commissioned 2010
Displacement 2790 T (full load)
Lenght 127 m
Speed 40knots
Crew 40

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