Independence class LCS Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence LCS 2 USS Coronado LCS 4 USS Jackson LCS 6 USS Montgomery LCS 8 USS Gabrielle Giffords LCS 10 USS Omaha LCS 12 US Navy General Dynamics Austal datasheet pictures photos video specifications

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Independence class Littoral Combat Ship
 
 
 
The Independence class of littoral combat ships (LCS) is General Dynamics and Austal's design proposal to the US Navy's requirement for the LCS class ships. The LCS concept emphasizes speed and modularity thanks to its flexible mission module spaces. According to US Navy, the LCS is "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals."
 
Description

The Independence class of littoral combat ships (LCS) is General Dynamics and Austal's design proposal to the US Navy's requirement for the LCS class ships. The LCS concept emphasizes speed and modularity thanks to its flexible mission module spaces. According to US Navy, the LCS is "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals."

The hull design evolved from a project at Austal to design a 40 knot cruise ship. That hull design evolved into the high-speed trimaran ferry Benchijigua Express. The principal requirements of that project were speed, stability and passenger comfort and Austal's team determined that the trimaran hull form offered significant passenger comfort and stability advantages over both catamaran and monohull designs. General Dynamics and Austal's Littoral Combat Ship trimaran hull vastly improves performance on a wide range of sea conditions enabling extended warfighting availability to the U.S. Navy. The slender center hull and two smaller side hulls gives the smaller ship the operational characteristics of a larger craft providing greater stability in rough seas and combat conditions.

Further improving performance, the aluminum structure and selective use of steel provides huge advantages of stability and buoyancy, improved damage protection, reduced magnetic signature (quieter operations) and significant increases in the ship's usable interior space compared to a monohull design.
The General Dynamics LCS has the endurance to travel 4,300 miles and 18 knots.


The Independence class LCS design has the performance to bring more warfighting capability to the mission front. Modular launch systems and an extended flight deck provide maximum flexibility and enable rapid deployment of UAV, sensors and mission personnel.

The LCS-2 design solution has the speed and capacity to traverse the changing seas of today's asymmetric threats:

  • Wider operation envelope (sea keeping, speed, endurance, stability)
  • Concurrent helicopter and UAV operations
  • Quick mission module change
  • Capacity for any two mission packages simultaneously
  • Three weapon zones

The head of class, USS Independence (LCS-2) was laid down in January 2006 and commissioned four years later. Second ship of the Freedom class, USS Coronado (LCS-4) was laid down in December 2009.

In total, ten Independence class LCS are to be built until 2015.

 
Shiplist
Name
Hull Number
USS Independence
LCS 2
USS Coronado
LCS 4
USS Jackson
LCS 6
USS Montgomery
LCS 8
USS Gabrielle Giffords
LCS 10
USS Omaha
LCS 12
 
Variants

General Dynamics Multi-Mission Combatant: Export variant with optional Missile Vertical Launch System (up to 32 silos), Anti-ship missiles, Torpedo tubes, custom systems depending on customer requirements.

Technical Data
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Design
Hull and superstructure made of aluminium alloy.
Trimaran hull offering significant crew comfort and vessel stability.
Large flight deck can operate two SH-60 simultaneously or multiple UAV or can operate H-53.
Modular mission bay can be reconfigured for various roles by changing mission modules.
Hability to carry several armored vehicles in mission bay if empty of modules (15,200 square feet or 1,410 m2)
Weapons
  • Anti-ship missiles:
    3x weapons modules
  • Anti-air missiles:
    1x Raytheon SeaRAM system (11x RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles)
  • Guns:
    BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm (main gun)
    2x Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm guns
    4x .50-cal machine guns
Sensors, Electronics and Decoys
  • SAAB Sea GIRAFFE 3D air and surface search radar
  • Sperry Marine BridgeMaster E navigational radar
  • AN/KAX-2 electro-optical sensor with TV and FLIR
  • Thales Captas 4249 low frequency active variable depth sonar (LFA-VDS)
  • Northrop Grumman ICMS (Integrated Combat Management System)
  • SRBOC decoy launchers for chaff and infrared decoys
  • BAE Systems NULKA active radar decoy system
  • ITT Corporation ES-3601 ESM system
Propulsion
Main engines: 2 x GE LM2500; 2 x MTU 20V 8000
Waterjets: 4 x Wartsila steerable
Bow thruster: Retractable azimuthing
 
Specifications
Type
Littoral Combat Ship
Crew
40 core crew (plus up to 36 mission specific crew)
Accomodations for 76
Operators
US Navy
Performance
Top Speed: 40 kts
Range: 4,300 nm @ 18 kts
Endurance: -
Displacement
2,784 tons full load
Engines
2 General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 2 MTU Friedrichshafen diesel engines, 4 Wärtsilä waterjets.
Aircraft
Aircraft stowage & maintenance for 2 x SH-60
Dimensions
Length: 127.1 m
Breadth: 31.4 m
Maximum Draft: 4.5 m
Detailed View
The Independence class of littoral combat ships (LCS) is General Dynamics and Austal's design proposal to the US Navy's requirement for the LCS class ships. The LCS concept emphasizes speed and modularity thanks to its flexible mission module spaces. According to US Navy, the LCS is "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals."
The Independence class of littoral combat ships (LCS) is General Dynamics and Austal's design proposal to the US Navy's requirement for the LCS class ships. The LCS concept emphasizes speed and modularity thanks to its flexible mission module spaces. According to US Navy, the LCS is "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals."
     

 
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