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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 (Littoral Combat Ship) LCS-2 One of the US Navy's new Littoral Combat Ships, the USS Independence LCS-2. Stealthy, trimaran, x-boat....nice! It has a twin too.

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The littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2), left, and USS Coronado (LCS 4) are underway in the Pacific Ocean (U.S. Navy photo).

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USS Independence LCS-2 ... USS Independence (LCS-2) is the lead ship for the Independence class of littoral combat ships. She will be the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the concept of independence. The design was produced by the General Dynamics consortium for the Navy's LCS program, and competes with the Lockheed Martin-designed Freedom class.

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