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New type of Navy combat ship docks at Pearl Harbor

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 01:03 p.m. HST, Mar 11, 2013

The Navy’s first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom, pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning on its way to history as the first ship in its class to head to Singapore on rotational deployments.

Four of the speedy, shallow-draft littoral (shallow water) ships are expected to deploy to Singapore with mission capabilities including theater security, mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

“This ship’s deployment lines up well with my priorities — this business of having credible combat capability forward where we can respond in a short period of time given the vastness of my area of operations,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Haney added that the San Diego-based ship “will work hand in hand with our allies, partners and friends in the western Pacific as she gets out to that area about a month from now.”

The ships are designed to defeat “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The Navy identified the need for 52 of the littoral combat ships to meet its goal of a 306-ship fleet.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the 378-foot Freedom — at least from a distance — is its paint scheme, a four-color camouflage that harks back to the “dazzle” patterns of World War I and II capital ships.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Per the wiki, this bad boy can go about 57 mph at top speed. That should put the fear of god into our local whales.
on March 11,2013 | 02:29PM
loquaciousone wrote:
But can it burn rubber.
on March 11,2013 | 03:10PM
hanalei395 wrote:
It's only logical that this big boy, high tech trimaran would be in Hawai'i. It's a "descendant" of the Polynesian fast sailing vessel consisting of the main hull (wa'a) and two outrigger hulls, (ama).
on March 11,2013 | 06:11PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
That might be true but the Freedom is not a trimaran. Her sister ship Independence is a trimaran but Freedom is a monohull. Kinda makes your theory bite, yeah?
on March 11,2013 | 09:26PM
hanalei395 wrote:
OK, wrong ship, but I got in a plug for the world's greatest seafaring voyagers, the Polynesians. And it's not a theory, which may bite you.
on March 11,2013 | 10:16PM
loio wrote:
it'll be wonderful, until the first time it's actually in combat. then, look out, it's a thin-skinned sitting duck.
on March 11,2013 | 06:21PM
realist3463 wrote:
Waste of money. No legs, no mission, no armor, no ability to take and survive battle damage. Serious design flaws, corrosion, fuel capacity, lack of armor plate, pea shooter of a gun and on and on. Designed and built by and for contractors at the expense of the taxpayers and the men and women who sail her.
on March 11,2013 | 09:50PM
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