USS Freedom: Quicker, High-Tech and Pirate-Proofed NEW US NAVY SHIP

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    USS Freedom: Quicker, High-Tech and Pirate-Proofed NEW US NAVY SHIP

    Post by bond007a1 on Wed May 06, 2009 1:23 am

    This is an article on YAHOO this evening....

    USS Freedom: Quicker, High-Tech and Pirate-Proofed
    by Vera H-C Chan

    Pirates, quiver in your skiffs. Put down your rocket launchers and run. The USS Freedom has just landed. Or launched. Whatever, just be afraid.

    The high-seas bandits' advantage had long been in their nimbleness in a huge ocean. Now, however, the United States Navy is touting the USS Freedom, the lead mothership in its class of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS, and littoral means coastal).

    Specifically designed for the "Global War on Terrorism," the 378-foot craft aims at pirates and oh so much more. According to a fact sheet, Freedom can also defy "asymmetric 'anti-access threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface crafts." So seafaring villains thinking of trading in the crafts for submersible diesels, forget about it.

    The rip-roaring Freedom has been called the Navy's corvette, but it runs on Rolls-Royce MT turbines, as pictured here. Other Freedom factoids:

    •3,000 tons
    •45 knots (52 mph)
    •Staffs smaller crews (Blue and Gold crews, 40 members each)
    •Has a helicopter launch pad
    •Feels like a submarine.
    •Can discharge manned or unmanned boats attached to its sides. Yeah, kind of like Transformers...but not really.
    •Packs Raytheon RAM missiles, guns, and decoy launching systems


    Its success isn't just the boat itself, but a faster shipbuilding process (by about half) and lower materials cost. That may have helped stave off 300 planned or considered layoffs for Marinette Marine: The shipyard that built Freedom received a contract for a second LCS ship.

    When it's not cruising around Somalia or any other dangerous waters, USS Freedom will be hanging in San Diego. So beware, beach bums... Dude, don't even think about boarding without an invite.



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    Re: USS Freedom: Quicker, High-Tech and Pirate-Proofed NEW US NAVY SHIP

    Post by navax on Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:04 pm

    The Navy just announced 20 of those would be here in Jacksonville by 2020.

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