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U.S. Navy Decommissions Littoral Combat Ship ‘USS Independence’

The crew of uss independence (lcs 2), the lead ship of the independence-variant littoral combat ship, recognized more than a decade of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at naval base san diego, july 29..

Martin Manaranche 30 Jul 2021

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Due to public health and safety restrictions on large public events resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ceremony was a private event celebrated alongside ship plankowners and former crew members.

During the ceremony, keynote speaker, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, wished the crew of Independence fair winds and following seas as they said farewell to their ship.

“The Independence crew shouldered a heavy responsibility. Since the ship’s introduction into the fleet we asked her to serve for a specific purpose; to test emerging equipment and concepts.” “The crew accomplished that and so much more. Without their efforts and experiences, the ship class would not be where it is today with six ships deployed throughout the world. Those improvements, made largely in part due to this crew’s experience and input, will continue to carry the LCS class into the future.” Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

The commissioning Commanding Officer of USS Independence gold crew, Capt. Michael Riley said it was the Sailors who rose to the occasion that made Independence prosperous.

“What made Independence successful wasn’t the program managers, industry professionals or even her two captains. It was the officers, chiefs and Sailors of the blue and gold crews that made it operational. They shouldered the burden of shifting programmatic guidance, incomplete documentation or one-of-a-kind systems, and got it to sea.” “They were honest in pointing out when system performances or operational processes failed to live up to their expectations. At the same time, they discovered hidden capabilities in the ship, repurposing equipment and systems to suit the situation.” Commanding Officer of USS Independence gold crew, Capt. Michael Riley

Independence maintained a crew of nine officers and 41 enlisted Sailors. The ship was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA and commissioned Jan. 16, 2010.

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Independence is the sixth ship to carry the name, recognizing the cornerstone of our nation’s foundation for which so many Americans have fought and died. The first Independence was a 10-gun sloop that served during the American Revolution. The second Independence, the first ship of the line in the Navy, was launched in 1814 as a 74-gun ship, but later refitted to a 54-gun frigate. The third Independence served with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) following the end of World War I. The fourth Independence (CVL 22), a small aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943, earned eight battle stars during World War II. The fifth Independence (CV 62) was an aircraft carrier commissioned in 1959 and decommissioned in 1998.

Independence has been a test and training ship and was key in developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of LCS today. The decommissioning of LCS 2 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality. The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin and is a steel monohull design constructed in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Independence variant is an aluminum trimaran design originally built by an industry team led by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for LCS 2 and LCS 4. Currently, Independence variant LCS are constructed by Austal USA in the company’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard.

LCS are outfitted with mission packages (made up of mission systems and support equipment) that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.

After the decommissioning of Independence, 22 littoral combat ships remain in service to the fleet.

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Navy Decommissions 2010-Built Littoral Combat Ship ‘USS Independence’

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The U.S. Navy has decommissioned the 2010-built USS Independence (LCS 2), the first Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship.

The Independence, which was designed to have a service life of 25 years, is being retired early along with the USS Freedom (LCS 1), the first Freedom variant LCS commissioned in 2008, due to budget constraints related to updating its systems to match other ships in the class. Freedom is due to be decommissioned later this year.

In a statement, the Navy described the USS Independence as a “test and training ship” that was key to “developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of LCS.”

“The Independence crew shouldered a heavy responsibility. Since the ship’s introduction into the fleet we asked her to serve for a specific purpose; to test emerging equipment and concepts,” said Kitchener. “The crew accomplished that and so much more. Without their efforts and experiences, the ship class would not be where it is today with six ships deployed throughout the world. Those improvements, made largely in part due to this crew’s experience and input, will continue to carry the LCS class into the future.”

USS Independence maintained a crew of nine officers and 41 enlisted sailors. The ship, an aluminum trimaran design, was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama and commissioned January 16, 2010, making the ship only 11 years old despite its 25-year expected service life.

“Decommissioning of LCS 2 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality,” the Navy said. “The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats.”

In its Fiscal Year 2021 budget submission, the Navy had proposed retiring the first four LCSs early.

After the decommissioning of Independence, 22 littoral combat ships remain in service to the fleet. The Independence and Freedom are expected to join the Navy reserve fleet.

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The US Navy's USS Independence (LCS 2) has successfully completed the first selected restricted availability works at Southwest Regional Maintenance Centre (SWRMC) in San Diego, California.

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USS Independence project officer lieutenant Shawn Williams said: “USS Independence met all scheduled milestones. SWRMC and NASSCO were able to support the ship's damage control material assessment (DCMA) and light off assessment (LOA) on time.”

The primary works required dry-docking of the USS Independence included AMAH hull strengthening, waterjet anode pocket and stern tube replacement, as well as replacement of several 10in overboard discharge valve and 12in suction valves.

Other efforts included air-conditioning plant accumulation tank modification, mission bay stanchion strengthening, and Number 1 and 2 ship service diesel generator (SSDG) top-end overhauls.

The LCS is being built in two variants, with the Freedom type being built and delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Independence type by Austal.

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The LCS is designed to perform missions that include countering littoral mine threats, diesel submarine threats, and surface threats, such as small surface craft attacks.

Designed based on a trimaran hull, USS Independence (LCS 2) was launched in April 2008 and commissioned in January 2010.

Image: Littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2). Photo: courtesy of US Navy air crewman 2nd class Nicholas Kontodiakos.

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The USS Independence (LCS-2) is the second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned by the U. S. Navy, and the leader of the Independence class. She is an aluminum high speed trimaran capable of speeds in excess of 44 knots (50mph), with a range of over 4300 nautical miles at 18 knots. Commissioned on 16 Jan 2010, she has a length of 418 feet and beam of 104 feet, with a large flight deck and mission bay located beneath the flight deck. Capable of handling many types of aircraft, including the CH-53 and the V-22 Osprey, she can be configured to accomplish many different missions through the use of “mission” modules. Very cool ship!

The packaging and layout of sprues is typical of Dragon kits. Contents are packaged in clear plastic and did not display any damage. The two-piece hull has full or waterline options with a nice display stand with pedestals. One sprue is specifically for the Independence and the other is a generic weapons sprue of apparent Skywave heritage. The only parts used from the weapons sprue are for the SH-60 helicopter, which leaves a lot left over for the spares box. The upper and lower hulls fit perfectly with no gaps or warping and should not leave much, if any seam to clean up. A small P/E fret is included with safety netting and some railings. Dragon missed the mark here, as there are many more railings on the ship that are really needed to dress it up correctly. Also missing are the four 50 caliber machine guns carried on this ship. Other options include an open or closed "drive-on" ramp, weapons door, hangar doors and rear doors for launching small boats. No interior detail is provided for any of these options.

Instructions are typical of Dragon kits, with exploded drawings in a logical sequence. The paint callout numbers for the flight deck and hull are not listed in the color chart. Of the fourteen colors listed, only three are called for in the instructions. The small decal sheet appears to be complete, including the anti-skid for the foredeck.

All in all, this kit is really nice and should build up into a very nice model of a really cool ship. Stay tuned as I lay the keel and launch her!

Thanks to Dragon USA for this review kit.

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USS Tulsa (LCS 16) Gold Crew Hosts Leaders to Sea [Image 3 of 3]

USS Tulsa (LCS 16) Gold Crew Hosts Leaders to Sea

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

Photo by petty officer 1st class vance hand  , commander, littoral combat ship squadron 1.

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Cmdr. Samuel Moffett, center right, the commanding officer of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) Gold crew, speaks to visitors on the ship's forecastle as part of the Leaders to Sea program, June 12. Littoral Combat Ships are fast, optimally-manned, mission-tailored surface combatants that operate in near-shore and open-ocean environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vance Hand)

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Date Taken: 06.12.2024
Date Posted: 06.18.2024 15:08
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