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The Navy's Next-Generation Warship Gets Two Critical Defensive Boosts

Check out the Independence-class LCS - A Rolling Airframe Missile launcher is mounted above the hangar for short-range defense against aircraft and cruise missiles, and .50-caliber gun mounts are provided topside

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USS Independence (LCS 2) of the General Dynamics Independence Class (front right) and USS Freedom (LCS 1) of the Lockheed Martin Freedom Class littoral combat ships. - Image - Naval Technology

Modern littoral combat ships, such as the USS Independence, are highly advanced but cannot be everywhere at once. - Image - Naval Technology

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USS Freedom (LCS 1) 3000 tons. 47 knots with the worlds largest marine gas turbine engine. Goes 40+ mph and kicks up an olympic size pool of water from its water jets every second.

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The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom and USS Independence maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California. by Official U.S. Navy Imagery

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USS Independence LCS-2 Stealth Trimaran

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