USS Oakland Slid Into the Water

USS Oakland Slid Into the Water July 22, 2019

The U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland slid into the waters in Alabama. The new build is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. With a displacement of 3,200 tons, LCS 24 has a length of 127.4 meters and can reach a speed of 40+ knots.

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 in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

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