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USS Independence LCS-2 - Military Power

Part Stealth Fighter, Part Pirate Hunter—All Ocean-Assault Ship

Text By Jason Thompson, Photography by Courtesy of Austal, Courtesy of General Dynamics, Courtesy of MTU

USS Independence (LCS 2)

Built By: Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama
Planned Home Port: San Diego, California
Length: 418 feet
Beam (width): 104 feet
Draft: 14 feet
Displacement: 2,800 tons
Propulsion Engines: (2) GE LM2500 gas turbines (29,500 hp each) and (2) MTU 20V8000 M90 diesel engines
Diesel Engine: MTU 20V 8000 M90
Type: Four-cycle, 48-degree V-20
Crankcase and Head Material: Cast iron
Bore: 10.4 inches
Stroke: 12.4 inches
Displacement: 21,200 cubic inches (347.4L)
Engine Length: 21.8 feet
Engine Width: 6.69 feet
Engine Height: 11.08 feet
Max RPM: 1,150 rpm
Horsepower: 12,203
Propulsion System: Four water jets: (2) Wartsila LJ160E and (2) Wartsila LJ150E
Bow Thruster: Two retractable azimuth
Maximum Speed: More than 45 knots (52 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 16 knots
Power Generation: (4) additional diesel engines
Mission Bay: 11,800 square feet
Flight Deck: 11,100 square feet
Accommodation: 110 personnel
Armament: (32) vertical launch missiles, (1) 57mm gun, (8) Harpoon missiles, (6) ASW torpedoes

SOURCES
General Dynamics
2941 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 100
Falls Church
VA  22042
703-876-3000
www.generaldynamics.com
U.S. Naval Institute
291 Wood Road
Annapolis
MD  21402
410-268-6110
www.usni.org
Austal
100 Dunlap Cir
Mobile
AL  36610
251-434-8000
www.austal.com
By Jason Thompson
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