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Independence (LCS 2)


"Libertas Per Laborum Audentium"
(Independence Through Bold Action)
Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship - Independence Class (Variant 2, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Stabilized Trimaran Monohull
Displacement: 2176 tons (light), 2784 tons (full)
Dead Weight: 608 tons
Length: 418' (oa)
Beam: 93.2' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (Maximum Navigational Draft)
Propulsion: Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, two waterjets
Speed: 47 kts (sprint), 50+ kts (top speed)
Armament: Bofors 57mm naval gun; Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher; 4 - .50 caliber machine gun mounts
Combat Management System: Northrup Grumman ICMS
Electronics: Ericsson Sea Giraffe (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment);
Decoy System: 3 - Super RBOC; 2 - Nulka Decoy launchers
Complement: 26
Independence (LCS 2) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 October 2005: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 19 January 2006: Laid down at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.
  • 29 April 2008: Launched
  • 4 October 2008: Christened, sponsored by Mrs. Doreen Scott, wife of Terry D. Scott, 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
  • 18 October 2009: Completed builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 18 December 2009: Delivered to, and accepted by, the U.S. Navy
  • 16 January 2010: Commissioned at Mobile, Ala., Cdr Kurt A. Renshaw (CO Blue) and Cdr Michael B. Riley (CO Gold) in command

    Note:
    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown NJ. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Me. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile, Ala.; BAE Systems, Rockville, Md; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore, Md; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg, Va.; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt.; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington, D.C.; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

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    Independence 102k 27 May 2004: Washington DC - The U.S. Navy announced today that General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP). (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand) NavSource
    Independence 116k 19 January 2006: Mobile, Ala. - The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Honorable Delores Etter, center, shakes hands with Executive Chairman of Austal Ltd., Mr. John Rothwell, after her initials were inscribed onto a piece of Littoral Combat Ship Two (LCS 2) during the ship's keel laying ceremony. LCS 2ís speed, crew compliment and mission capabilities will be similar to Freedom (LCS 1), its sister ship. The Navy's 2nd Littoral Combat Ship is scheduled for commissioning in 2008. (U.S. Navy photo #060119-N-0000X-001, from the Navy Newstand)
    Independence 183k 19 January 2006: Mobile, Ala. - The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Honorable Delores Etter, center, shakes hands with Executive Chairman of Austal Ltd., Mr. John Rothwell, after her initials were inscribed onto a piece of Littoral Combat Ship Two (LCS 2) during the ship's keel laying ceremony. LCS 2ís speed, crew compliment and mission capabilities will be similar to Freedom (LCS 1), its sister ship. The Navy's 2nd Littoral Combat Ship is scheduled for commissioning in 2008. (U.S. Navy photo #060119-N-0000X-001, from the Navy Newstand)
    Independence 79k 27 April 2008: Mobile, Ala. - A view of Independence sitting tied up at Austal. Richard B. Cushing
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    Independence 153k 27 April 2008: Mobile, Ala. - USS Independence being prepared for her launching. She was moved to a floating drydock, from which she'll be floated off after the launching ceremony. Bill "Pinch" Paisley
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    Independence 92k 29 April 2008: Mobile, Ala. - The drydock is being lowered in preparation for floating off USS Independence.
    Independence 176k 29 April 2008: Mobile, Ala. USS Independence sits tied up in front of an erecting shed at Austal.
    Independence 195k 04 October 2008: Mobile, Ala. - Doreen Scott, wife of the 10th Master Chief Petty of the Navy Terry D. Scott, breaks the champagne bottle during a christening ceremony for the Pre-Commissiong Unit Independence (LCS 2). (U.S. Navy photo #081004-N-5549O-113 by MC2 Kevin S. O'Brien from the Navy News Stand) Lee Wahler
    Independence 157k 02 July 2009: Mobile, Ala. - The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Independence (LCS 2), the U. S. Navy's first trimaran littoral combat ship, departs Mobile, Ala. to begin builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico July 2, 2009. (U.S. Navy photos courtesy of General Dynamics, from the Navy Newstand) Mike Hibbing
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    Independence 205k 2 July 2009: the Gulf of Mexico - The littoral combat ship Independence (LCS 2) underway during builder's trials. Builder's trials are the first opportunity for the shipbuilder and the U.S. Navy to operate the ship underway, and provide an opportunity to test and correct issues before acceptance trials. (Photos courtesy of Dennis Griggs General Dynamics Corp., from the Navy Newstand)
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    Independence 129k 16 November 2009: Mobile, Ala. - The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Independence (LCS 2) pulls away from the pier for her acceptance trials at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. (U.S. Navy photo #091116-N-3594V-092 and 091116-N-3594V-080 by MC2 Elizabeth Vlahos from the Navy News Stand) Lee Wahler
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    Independence 192k 16 January 2010: Mobile, Ala. - The sailors who will set the first watch stand at attention during the commissioning ceremony of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). (U.S. Navy photo #100116-N-8273J-138 by MC1 Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Independence 156k 16 January 2010: Mobile, Ala. - The new littoral combat ship, USS Independence (LCS 2) is pier side during her commissioning ceremony. Independence is the second of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions. (U.S. Navy photo #100116-N-8273J-025 by MC1 Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 423k 29 March 2010: Key West, Fla. - The Navy's newest littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrives at Mole Pier at Naval Air Station Key West. Independence is on the way to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before sailing to its homeport in San Diego. Independence is a fast, agile, mission-focused ship specifically designed to defeat "anti-access" threats in shallow, coastal water regions, including surface craft, diesel submarines and mines. (U.S. Navy photo #100329-N-1481K-315 by Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Nicholas Kontodiakos from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 505k 29 March 2010: Key West, Fla. - The Navy's newest littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrives at Mole Pier at Naval Air Station Key West. Independence is on the way to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before sailing to its homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #100329-N-1481K-298 by Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Nicholas Kontodiakos from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 285k 31 March 2010: Key West, Fla. - The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is pier side during a port visit to Key West, Fla. Independence is enroute to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before transiting to its homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #100331-N-1876H-041 by Lt. Zachary Harrell from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 415k 02 April 2010: Mayport, Fla. - The Navy's newest littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrives in Naval Station Mayport. Independence is enroute to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before sailing to its homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #100402-N-8590G-002 by MC2 Gary Granger Jr. from the Navy News Stand) Shelia M. Hinds
    Independence 264k 02 April 2010: Mayport, Fla. - The Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Independence (LCS 2), approaches Naval Station Mayport for a port call. Independence is enroute to Norfolk, Va., for commencement of initial testing and evaluation of the aluminum vessel before sailing to its homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #100402-N-8590G-003 by MC2 Gary Granger Jr. from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Independence 182k 14 April 2010: Norfolk, Va. - The littoral combat ship Independence arrives at Naval Station Norfolk. Independence conducted tests of the ship's capabilities and extensive training with the SeaRam anti-ship missile defense weapon system during the transit from Austal USA shipyards in Mobile, Ala. to homeport in Norfolk. Independence will depart Naval Station Norfolk April 17 to participate in Fleet Week in Port Everglades, Fla. (U.S. Navy photo #100414-N-9589S-016 by MC2 Richard J. Stevens from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 313k 14 April 2010: Norfolk, Va. - Independence departs Naval Station Norfolk as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs for sea trials. This photo was shot when Enterprise was underway for sea trials after spending more than two years in a maintenance period at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo #100417-N-8710W-001 by MCC Stephen White from the Navy News Stand) Shelia M. Hinds
    Independence 387k 17 April 2010: Little Creek, Va. - The U.S. Coast Guard coastal patrol boat Cochito (WPB 87329) is underway near Independence. (U.S. Navy photo #100417-N-8710W-036 from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Independence 266k 26 April 2010: Port Everglades, Fla. - Independence enters Port Everglades for the start of Fleet Week Port Everglades. This is the twentieth Fleet Week Port Everglades, South Florida's annual celebration of the Maritime Services. More than 2,500 American and German sailors, marines and coast guardsmen will participate in a number of community outreach activities and enjoy the hospitality and tourism of South Florida. (U.S. Navy photo #100426-N-1522S-014 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 324k 26 April 2010: Port Everglades, Fla. - Independence enters Port Everglades for the start of Fleet Week Port Everglades. This is the twentieth Fleet Week Port Everglades, South Florida's annual celebration of the Maritime Services. More than 2,500 American and German sailors, marines and coast guardsmen will participate in a number of community outreach activities and enjoy the hospitality and tourism of South Florida. (U.S. Navy photo #100426-N-1522S-013 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 220k 06 May 2010: Norfolk, Va. - Independence arrives at BAE Systems Ship Repair in Norfolk, Va. to begin its first industrial post-delivery availability. During the availability, the ship will complete the installation of needed components not installed during construction. (Photo #00506-N-9999K-0011 courtesy BAE Systems Ship Repair by Ed Ketz from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 441k 25 August 2010: Norfolk, Va. - Independence takes on fuel at Pier 9 from a Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Norfolk Fuels Department barge. The ship was issued 64,243 gallons of diesel fuel. FISC Norfolk issues 216 million gallons of fuel annually in support of U.S. 2nd Fleet ships and aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo #100825-N-2174P-002 by Bill Pointer from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 296k 01 October 2010: Norfolk, Va. - A photo taken by John of Independence moored at the Norfolk Naval Station Destroyer Submarine piers across from USS Norfolk(SSN 714) John Hummel
    Independence 464k 21 January 2011: Jacksonville, Fla. - Independence while berthed at BAE Systems shipyard in Jacksonville undergoing topside and engine repairs. Lee Wahler
    Independence 223k 25 February 2011: Mayport, Fla. - Two shots of Independence taken by Lee at the Mayport Naval Station.
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    Independence 293k 03 September 2011: St. Petersburg, Fla. - Visitors tour the flight deck of the littoral combat ship Independence. Independence is visiting the port of St. Petersburg for open public ship tours over the Labor Day weekend. (U.S. Navy photo #110903-N-MN502-137 by Lt. Matthew Comer from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Independence 207k 12 September 2011: Pensacola, Fla. - The littoral combat ship USS Independence makes preparations at Naval Air Station Pensacola before getting underway in the Gulf of Mexico for a series of drills and training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo #110912-N-AU606-002 by Ens. Caleb White from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 252k 17 October 2011: Newport, R.I. - The littoral combat ship Independence transits Narragansett Bay en route to participate in the 20th International Seapower Symposium at the U.S. Naval War College. (U.S. Navy photo #111017-N-ZZ999-001 by Cmdr. Jason Salata from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 257k 07 January 2012: the Gulf of Mexico - The Remote Minehunting System and an AN/AQS-20 mine hunting sonar are brought aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during developmental testing of the mine warfare mission module package. (U.S. Navy photo #120107-N-PB086-060 by Ron Newsome from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 278k 09 April 2012: Mayport, Fla. - The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) pulls out of Naval Station Mayport as the ship begins transit to her homeport of San Diego. Sailors from Independence's Gold Crew and embarked Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Squadron, Detachment 1, are underway for the ship's maiden voyage to San Diego after completing testing on the MCM mission package. (U.S. Navy photo #120409-N-YR391-044 by MC2 Gary Granger, Jr. from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 124k 09 April 2012: the Atlantic Ocean - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Robert Chittenden signals an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 to land on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship Independence. Sailors assigned to Independence's Gold Crew and embarked Mine Countermeasures Squadron, Detachment 1, departed Naval Station Mayport for the transit to San Diego after successfully completing testing on the mine countermeasures mission package. (U.S. Navy photo #120409-N-ZS026-501 by MC2 Trevor Welsh from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 305k 09 April 2012: the Atlantic Ocean - The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Sailors assigned to Independence's Gold crew and embarked Mine Countermeasures Squadron, Detachment 1, departed Naval Station Mayport for the transit to San Diego after successfully completing testing on the mine countermeasures mission package. (U.S. Navy photo #120409-N-ZS026-305 by MC2 Trevor Welsh from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 169k 15 April 2012: the Panama Canal - Cmdr. Gerald Olin, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship Independence communicates with the officer of the deck from the bridge as the ship passes through the Gatun Lock during its first Panama Canal transit. The Gatun Lock is the first step in the Panama Canal transit where the Atlantic Ocean ends and the canal begins. Independence is underway for the ship's maiden voyage to San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #120415-N-ZS026-070 by MC2 Trevor Welsh from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 477k 15 April 2012: the Panama Canal - Littoral combat ship USS Independence prepares to exit the Gatun Lock during the ship's first Panama Canal transit. The Gatun Lock is the first step in the Panama Canal transit where the Atlantic Ocean ends and the canal begins. (U.S. Navy photo #120415-N-ZS026-139 by MC2 Trevor Welsh from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 314k 16 April 2012: the Panama Canal - The littoral combat ship USS Independence passes under the Bridge of the Americas and enters the Pacific Ocean for the first time. The bridge, located in Balboa, Panama, connects the North and South American landmasses and marks the end of the Panama Canal. Independence's Gold Crew and embarked Mine Countermeasure Squadron, Detachment 1, are underway for the ship's transit to its homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #120416-N-ZS026-116 by MC2 Trevor Welsh from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 372k 02 May 2012: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Independence completes her maiden voyage with arrival in her homeport of San Diego. After two years of training off the coast of Florida, the ship's 23-day transit from Mayport, Fla. to San Diego marks the successful completion of testing of the mine countermeasures mission package to detect, localize, and destroy mines in a tactical environment. Independence also transited the Panama Canal and conducted a port visit and operations with the Mexican navy. The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, networked surface combatant designed to operate in the near-shore environment, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. (U.S. Navy photo #120502-N-ZZ999-013 by Lt. Jan Shultis from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 238k 02 May 2012: San Diego, Cal. - The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), left, and USS Independence (LCS 2), maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California. The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, networked surface combatant designed to operate in the near-shore environment, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. (U.S. Navy photo #120502-N-ZZ999-009 by Lt. Jan Shultis from the Navy News Stand)
    Independence 510k 18 July 2012: San Diego, Cal. - The Littoral Combat Ship Independence recovers a boat while moored at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #120718-N-ZC343-858 by MCCS Joe Kane from the Navy News Stand)

    Independence Memorabilia
    Ship's Emblem
    Independence
    Courtesy
    of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Welcome Aboard
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    Courtesy
    of
    Ron Reeves
    Sticker
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    Courtesy
    of
    Tommy Trampp
    Squadron Patch
    *Freedom/Independence*
    Courtesy of
    Don McGrogan
    BMCS, USN (Ret.)

    Independence History
    View the USS Independence (LCS 2) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.


    Independence's Commanding Officers
    Blue CrewGold Crew
    1.) PCU - 24 Apr. 2010Cmdr. Curt Anthony Renshaw (Louisville, Ky.)1.) PCU - 13 Apr. 2011Cmdr. Michael B. Riley (Phoenix, Az.)
    2.) 24 Apr. 2010 - 10 Jan. 2011Cmdr. Kenneth M. Coleman (Binghamton, N.Y.)2.) 13 Apr. 2011 - 28 Sep. 2012Cmdr. Gerald Richard Olin II (Phoenix, Az.)
    3.) 10 Jan. 2011 - 01 Mar. 2013Cmdr. Matthew John Jerbi (Gardner, Ill.)3.) 28 Sep. 2012 - 14 Apr. 2014Cmdr. David N. Back (Livermore, Cal.)
    4.) 01 Mar. 2013 - 14 Aug. 2014Cmdr. Joseph Albert Gagliano ('96) (Cohasset, Mass.)4.) 05 Apr. 2014 - Cmdr. Jeremy Gray ('96) (Chesapeake, Va.)
    5.) 14 Aug. 2014 - Cmdr. Michael L. Smith (San Diego, Cal.) - -

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    None
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