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LCS Independence  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 16 January 2010
Total Production: 16
Unitary Cost: USD$680 million
Also Known As: Flight 0 LCS and Littoral Combat Ship
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Austal, BAE Systems, Bath Iron Works*, L-3 Communications, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and Northrop Grumman   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: LCS Independence
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 16 January 2010
Total Production: 16
Production Cost: USD$11 billion
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Description: The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a revolutionary US Navy program aimed at developing a multi-purpose, modular surface combatant capable of achieving dominance in the littoral environment. In May 2004, the US Navy selected two separate teams lead by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works for the construction and demonstration of two Flight 0 LCS ships. It is expected that the US Navy will take a decision on the Flight 1 LCS in the 2007-2008 timeframe. The US Navy plans call for the procurement of 30 to 60 vessels through 2020. The current budgetary information about LCS program calls for the procurement of 55 ships. As of early 2008, the US Navy had allocated $1.93 billion to this project for the construction of two Flight 0 LCS demonstration ships to achieve initial operational capability in 2008.
The US Navy will use the final LCS ship to counter asymmetric threats such as quiet coastal diesel submarines, fast patrol boats and crafts, new generation mines and terror attacks like the suffered by destroyer USS Cole in Yemen. Shallow water hull design compatibility is a must for such a mission profiles. Helicopters and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) will be able to operate form ship's aft flight deck. Besides, a variety of manned and unmanned ground vehicles and watercrafts carried inside the cargo deck are meant to execute a wide range of missions.
The key characteristics established by the US Navy for the LCS program are: stealth technology for enhanced survivability, shallow draft, more payload per ton than any US Navy warship, huge interior volume, long endurance and global networked communications to cooperate and share information with other sea, land and airborne platforms. Thanks to the mission modules approach, the reconfigurable LCS will be able to perform special operations forces support, high-speed transit, maritime interdiction, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and counter-terrorism missions. In addition, LCS will also be a FORCEnet enabler, sharing tactical information with other naval ships, submarines, aircraft, joint units and LCS groups.
The General Dynamics Bath Iron Works approach consists of a high-speed trimaran hull optimized for sprint speeds of 45 knots and delivering the largest usable payload volumes of any existing US Navy fighting ship. Its large and stable flight deck supports operations of two MH-60S/R helicopters, multiple MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAVs), or a single CH-53 heavyweight helicopter. The spacious hangar is suitable for two MH-60S/R helicopters or several VTUAVs. The propulsion systems combines two diesel engines and two LM2500 gas turbines along with four steerable waterjets and one steerable thruster for enhanced maneuverability in shallow waters.
The trimaran hull ship can launch and recover aircraft at sea state 5 and watercrafts at sea state 4 using facilities at the stern while the ship itself remains operable at sea state 8. The standard equipment of General Dynamics LCS includes a single 57mm gun; surface-to-air missiles launchers; small caliber machine guns; decoys and countermeasures; air, surface and subsurface sensors; Joint Force Tactical Coordination and Interoperation; side mission bay access; and mission focused payload.
General Dynamics was expected to build two Flight 0 LCS to be delivered to the US Navy before the end of 2008. The US Navy cancelled the second ship in 2007. Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics subsidiary, was awarded a $223 million contract as industry team leader for design and construction of the first trimaran-hull Littoral Combat Ship October 14th 2005. On 19 January 2006, General Dynamics-led team conducted the keel laying ceremony for LCS 2 ship. On April 4, 2006 the US Navy named LCS 2 USS Independence.
In November 2004 Lockheed-Martin selected United Defense (now BAE Systems) MK 110 57mm naval gun for its flight 0 LCS proposal. Mk 110 gun system along with Mk 295 intelligent ammunition will provide self-defense capability for the LCS against smaller, fast moving threats. In 2004, the US Navy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Army to procure the NLOS-LS PAM weapon system for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The LCS armed with revolutionary NLOS-LS PAM was projected to be ready in fiscal year 2008.
In late April 2006, the US Navy made public that the first four LCS ships would be homeported at Naval Station San Diego, California. This decision was influenced by the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) emphasis on the Pacific theater. Indepence-class ships will feature two rotational crews named gold and blue similar to Trident submarines rotational crew system.

LCS Independence Specifications

Crew: 40
Dimensions
Beam: 30.4 meter (100 foot)
Draft: 4.50 meter
Length: 127 meter (417 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 57 millimeter
Performance
Max Range: 4,500 nautical mile (8,334 kilometer)
Speed
Top Speed: 45 knot (23.1 mps)
Volume
Mission Bay Volume: 11,000 metric ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

LCS Independence News

There are 34 news between
27 May 2004 and 14 Jul 2014
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Monday, July 14, 2014SeaGriffin Completes Guided Flight Test with Dual-mode Seeker
Monday, March 10, 2014US Navy Awards Contract for Four Additional Littoral Combat Ships
Monday, March 3, 2014US Navy Orders AN/AQS-20A Minehunting Sonars
Thursday, January 16, 2014US Navy to Call Sea Giraffe Radar the AN/SPS-77(V)1
Thursday, November 7, 2013US Navy's LCS Surface Warfare Package Completes Live-Fire Test
Monday, April 8, 2013Knifefish Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Completes Critical Design Review
Monday, August 27, 2012US Navy and Coast Guard Order Two Mk 110 Naval Guns
Thursday, June 28, 2012LCS Completes First Stage of Surface Development Testing
Monday, April 16, 2012US Navy Unveils Knifefish Minehunting, Heavyweight, Unmanned Undersea Vehicle for the Littoral Combat Ship
Tuesday, September 20, 2011Sea Giraffe AMB Radar Ordered for US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship Program

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United States of America16
YearHoldings
201912
201810
20178
20166
20154
Apr 20142
20101

Grand Total 161
Corvettes & Missile Boats
USV
Rocket & Missile Launchers
NLOS-LS
Ship Air Defense Systems
SEA RAM
Ship Power Plants
LM2500x2
Ship Sensors
AN/SQR-20
AN/SPS-77(V)1x1
Standoff Weapons
PAM
Tactical Support Helicopters
CH-53K King Stallionx1
MH-60R Strikehawkx2
MH-60S Knighthawkx2
Tactical Unmanned Rotorcrafts
MQ-8B Fire Scoutx3
Underwater Vehicles
Knifefish
Weapon Stations
Mk 110 Mod 0x1
Mk 46 Mod 1x2

LCS Independence Ship Listing


SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
LCS 2 USS Independence4 Oct 200816 Jan 2010-
LCS 4 USS Coronado14 Jan 20125 Apr 2014-
LCS 6 USS Jackson22 Mar 20142015-
LCS 8 USS Montgomery20142015-
LCS 10 USS Gabrielle Giffords-2016-
LCS 12 USS Omaha-2016-
LCS 14 USS Manchester-2017-
LCS 16 USS Tulsa-2017-
LCS 18 -2018-
LCS 20 -2018-
LCS 22 -2019-
LCS 24 -2019-
LCS 26 -2020-
LCS 28 -2020-
LCS 30 -2021-
LCS 32 -2021-

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