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Old 22-10-2009, 09:47   #1
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This image provided by the US Navy shows the littoral combat ship Independence (LCS 2) underway during builder's trials on July 12, 2009. Builder's trials are the first opportunity for the shipbuilder and the U.S. Navy to operate the ship underway, and provide an opportunity to test and correct issues before acceptance trials. The second of the Navy's new generation of speedy warships designed to operate close to shore topped 50 miles per hour in builder trials completed this month. Officials say the Independence, a 418-foot ship built in Alabama, traveled in excess of 45 knots, which equates to nearly 52 mph, and sustained 44 knots during a four-hour, full-speed sprint. (AP Photo/Dennis Griggs - US Navy)


Probably intended to be sent to the Horn of Africa, not too long after commissioning.


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Even the USN has gone over to the dark multi-hull side - a trimaran, no less.
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They'll still use the monohulls for real work.
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Old 23-10-2009, 15:35   #4
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They'll still use the monohulls for real work.
...uhhh, OK...whatever you say...
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Old 23-10-2009, 18:51   #5
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They'll still use the monohulls for real work.
Only if they have a main sail. 20 years from now monos will be 'those ancient old fashion' boats
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45 Knots- why so slow? We built this over 40 years ago-
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Old 23-10-2009, 22:39   #7
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45 Knots- why so slow? We built this over 40 years ago-
HMCS Bras d'Or - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Give the skipper a break mate...It was his first time out and he forgot to release the hand-brake...All the beer he drank, as you can see from the wake, didn't help either
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Yeah, have pity on him. Independence has not quite 10 times the displacement, 3 times the length and more horsepower than a small city. It can carry 11,000 cubic meters of payload, along with 2 helos, all while doing 50 kts, sustained. With a range of 4300 nm's @ 20 kts.

Looks like it has a pretty tight turning radius, too.

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That's one cool basketball court they have in the back. It's probably best though not to dive after balls going out of bounds.
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If they admit to 45 knots. Do you really think that's it's max?.......i2f
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You're a reasonable man. I will agree with the plus....lol......i2f
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How fast can we crank these out and crew them? Insurance companies would probably pay for the service. Nothing beats over the horizon to objective in five minutes. It could possibly change the balance of power in certain theaters.
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Give the skipper a break mate...
Well, I suppose it's not really broken in yet...
I presume this is one of the new vessels meant for the littoral zone.
Given its speed & the "low observables" design, we should all probably buy better radar reflectors.
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that's a cool piece of equipment for the navy.
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