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May 2, 2012 / iDriveWarships

USS Independence Arrives in San Diego

It’s a spaceship… it’s a Lego… it’s a robot… NOPE, it’s USS Independence (LCS 2) and she’s completed her maiden voyage to homeport in San Diego.

The first of the Independence-variant littoral combat ships, Independence was commissioned in 2010 and her crew has spent the last two years training off the coast of Florida. After successfully completing the testing of its mine countermeasures mission package, Independence left Mayport, Fla. on April 9.

Independence made her grand entrance to Naval Base San Diego 23 days later on May 2. On the way to California, the ship transited the Panama Canal and made a foreign port visit to Manzanillo, Mexico.

The flexibility of the LCS design allows for operation closer to shore but with open-ocean capabilities, making it instrumental against 21st century threats such as submarines, mines and small craft.

Differing in more than just design, LCS operates with a much smaller crew of about 40. On the mess deck, crew members serve themselves meals and are in charge of washing their own dishes. They’re also responsible for doing their own laundry. Staterooms come standard with individual heads.

But words don’t do the LCS program justice. View photos of this unique ship’s homeport arrival here.
Photo featured above courtesy of Bob Lang.

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