Media interested in visiting USS Independence should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m., Feb. 11 at 619-437-3873 or 619-437-2034 and plan to meet at the B Street Terminal at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 12.
SAN DIEGO – The Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is scheduled to moor at B Street pier/Cruise Terminal here Feb. 12-13.
The ship will be open for ship tours Wednesday, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm with the final visitor in line by 3:30 p.m. Tours will also take place Thursday, 8:05 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the final visitor in line by 11:30 a.m.
Independence is the first ship of the Independence variant of LCS. She has a crew of approximately 40 Sailors. LCS are high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ships designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group. They are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
LCS delivers combat capability from core self-defense systems in concert with interchangeable, modular mission packages and an open architecture command and control system. Modularity maximizes the flexibility of LCS and enables the ship to meet changing warfare needs, while also supporting rapid technological updates. LCS employs advanced tactical networks to share information with aircraft, ships, submarines, joint and coalition units both at sea and shore.
The second ship of the Independence class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Coronado (LCS 4), is set to be commissioned in April following her arrival to San Diego in March.
For more information on USS Independence visit the ship websites at: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lcs2/Pages/default.aspx
Photos of USS Independence: http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=155974 Media will have an opportunity to tour the ship and obtain b-roll and interviews prior to general public visitation. Those media interested in visiting USS Independence should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m., Feb. 11 at 619-437-3873 or 619-437-2034 and plan to meet at the B Street Terminal 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 12.