Here are some recent photos of the LCS 2 (to be USS) Independence . She's at 43 knots here running at half power. NOTE the absence of a bow wave.
Turns tightly, also; allegedly this also was done at 43 knots
And then we have the massive helo deck
big enough for a CH-53. The SURFPAC guys liked the LCS because of the huge storage
capacity under that flight deck
and the size of the flight deck.
Note that there is very little spreading wake. In fact, it does not look like a wake at all, just foamy water
from the water
jets. Somehow, at 40 knots, you'd think there'd be more wake.
But she has one drawback, she's strange looking but aerodynamically designed, is this beginning of a new design in ships?