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The Navy's New PIRATE BUSTER

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« on: May 05, 2009, 09:37:16 pm »



LAUNCH OF THE 'USS FREEDOM'









                                  USS Freedom: Quicker, High-Tech and Pirate-Proofed





YAHOO NEWS
by Vera H-C Chan
May 5, 2009

         
Pirates, quiver in your skiffs. Put down your rocket launchers and run. The USS Freedom has just landed.
Or launched.  Whatever, just be afraid.

The high-seas bandits' advantage had long been in their nimbleness in a huge ocean. Now, however,
the United States Navy is touting the USS Freedom, the lead mothership in its class of Littoral Combat Ships
(LCS, and littoral means coastal).

Specifically designed for the "Global War on Terrorism," the 378-foot craft aims at pirates and oh so much more. According to a fact sheet, Freedom can also defy "asymmetric 'anti-access threats such
as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface crafts." So seafaring villains thinking of trading in
the crafts for submersible diesels, forget about it.

The rip-roaring Freedom has been called the Navy's corvette, but it runs on Rolls-Royce MT turbines,
as pictured here. Other Freedom factoids:




•3,000 tons

•45 knots (52 mph)

•Staffs smaller crews (Blue and Gold crews, 40 members each)

•Has a helicopter launch pad

•Feels like a submarine.

•Can discharge manned or unmanned boats attached to its sides. Yeah, kind of like Transformers...
but not really.

•Packs Raytheon RAM missiles, guns, and decoy launching systems



Its success isn't just the boat itself, but a faster shipbuilding process (by about half) and lower materials cost. That may have helped stave off 300 planned or considered layoffs for Marinette
Marine: The shipyard that built Freedom received a contract for a second LCS ship.

When it's not cruising around Somalia or any other dangerous waters, USS Freedom will be hanging
in San Diego.

So beware, beach bums... Dude, don't even think about boarding without an invite.
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                                               USS Freedom That Can Fight Pirates





Tuesday, May 05, 2009 
Fox News

The USS Freedom can go up against massive enemy fleets and is one of the fastest ships in the Navy
to date.

The United States Navy unveiled a new high-tech ship it says can chase down pirates off the coast
of Somalia faster and more aggressively than previous vessels could.

The USS Freedom can go up against massive enemy fleets and is one of the fastest ships in the Navy
to date, its commander said in a FOX News "America's Newsroom" exclusive.

"It's more than an evolutionary step forward, it's a revolutionary step forward," Cmdr. Michael Doran
told FOX News on Tuesday. "It's highly automated and it's very fast. ... For a piracy mission, we can
go out there and cover more water with fewer ships."

The USS Freedom has a modular design and requires fewer crew members, he said — about 40 total.
It can go up to 45 mph.

"What we can do is we can go out there and cover more water with fewer ships because of the sprint speed of the ship," Doran told FOX News. "We can tailor the ship to perform that counter-piracy mission."

Some are calling it the Navy's corvette.

"It is kind of like driving a sports car around," Doran said. "All of my friends have told me, 'drive it like
you stole it, drive it like you stole it.'"
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