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USS Independence (LCS-2) - Independence variant
« on: November 25, 2019, 01:59:18 AM »
Administrator's note: See also Littoral Combat Ship - Independence variant

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190227-N-FC670-475 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 27, 2019) The Independence-variant littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2), left, USS Manchester (LCS 14) and USS Tulsa (LCS 16) are underway in formation in the eastern Pacific. Littoral combat ships are high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe/Released)


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Re: USS Independence (LCS-2) - Independence variant
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2020, 10:31:16 AM »
US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months
By: David B. Larter    
3 days ago

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/01/the-us-navys-first-4-littoral-combat-ships-are-out-of-the-fleet-in-9-months/

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

The littoral combat ships Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado will all be inactivated on March 31, 2021, with Coronado being commissioned just six years ago.

The Navy decided to cut the ships to save money on modernization efforts as it faces a mountain of shipbuilding bills and upgrade costs.

The ships were supposed to be used as test vessels for the continued standing up of the LCS class, but LCS 1 through 4 have just about reached the end of their usefulness as test vessels and are no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to a February briefing by Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget.

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