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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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The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) demonstrates its maneuvering capabilities in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego. The littoral combat ship (LCS) is a class of relatively small surface vessels intended for operations in the littoral zone (close to shore) by the United States Navy.

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The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) transits off the coast of Florida. Sailors from Independence's Gold Crew and embarked Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Detachment 1, are underway for the ship's maiden voyage to San Diego after completing testing on the MCM mission package.

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161208-N-SI773-0696 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 8, 2016) The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is underway off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication specialist 1st Class Ace Rheaume/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (December 8, 2016) The Navy's most technologically advanced surface ship USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) on the final leg of her three-month journey to her new homeport in San Diego. Upon arrival, Zumwalt will begin installation of her combat systems, testing and evaluation, and operation integration with the fleet.

161208-N-SI773-0428 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 8, 2016) The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is underway off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication specialist 1st Class Ace Rheaume/Released)

Littoral Combat Ship - a class of relatively small surface vessels intended for operations in the littoral zone (close to shore) by the United States Navy. Likened to corvettes of other navies. -- The Industrialist

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