The U.S. Navy has commissioned the Independence-variant
littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati (LCS 20). It is the fifth ship to be named for Cincinnati,
Ohio. Principle speaker U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup
of Ohio said, “From acquisition to construction, to testing
and certification, she is a marvel of engineering that will extend our capabilities for any
mission, from the middle of the ocean, to the shallowest of waters, enhancing our ability
to project power at shore and at sea. The USS Cincinnati will extend the maneuverability
and lethality of our fleet to confront the many challenges of our complex world.” Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa,
Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Adm. James G. Foggo III sated
“Each and every day, our ships sail alongside those of our Allies and partners, defending
freedom, deterring aggression, and ensuring adherence to the rules which underwrite the
greatest signal to our allies and our partners and best warning to our adversaries”. Foggo added, “Naval presence is essential
to our National Defense Strategy and to a peaceful, connected, and prosperous world.” In this video Defense Updates reports on commissioning
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two classes the Independence and Freedom. Construction of the Freedom-class is spearheaded
by Lockheed Martin at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, while that of
Independence-class ships is led by Austal USA in Alabama. These are relatively small surface vessels
and primarily designed for operations near shore. During the late 1990s, the U.S. Navy understood
that cruisers and destroyers would be vulnerable to attacks in shallow coastal waters. Large warships like cruisers and destroyers
are designed for open-ocean warfare and not for shallow water where these can be targeted
by high-speed boats, missile-firing fast-attack craft, small submarines, sea mines, and land
and air-launched anti-ship missiles. The idea behind the littoral combat ship,
as described by former Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, is to “create a small,
fast, maneuverable and relatively inexpensive member of the DD(X) family of ships.” If required these ships will absorb an attack
and protect the much more expensive cruiser or destroyers. The LCS is envisioned to be a networked, agile,
stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in coastal
waters. Interestingly, the LCS has a modular design. The vessels can be configured with different
modules for specific roles that include anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, anti-surface
warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, homeland defense, maritime intercept, special
operations, and logistics. In the long run, the LCSs are expected to
progressively replace slower and specialized ships such as minesweepers and amphibious
assault ships. USS Cincinnati has a length of 127.4 m (418
ft ) and a displacement of 3,104 tonnes when fully loaded. The ship uses two gas turbines and two diesel
engines to power four steerable waterjets. The USS Cincinnati has speed of 40 kn + (46
mph; 74 km/h) and has a range of 4,300 nmi (8,000 km; 4,900 mi) It accommodates 40 core crew plus up to 35
mission crew. USS Cincinnati can carry up to two Fire Scouts. The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout is an
unmanned autonomous helicopter developed by Northrop Grumman for use by the United States
Armed Forces. The Fire Scout is designed to provide reconnaissance,
situational awareness, aerial fire support and precision targeting support for ground,
air and sea forces. Fire Scout’s surveillance and targeting capability
is expected to further enhance the LCS’s improved lethality The Independence-class carries a default armament
for self-defense, and command and control. Unlike traditional fighting ships with fixed
armaments such as guns and missiles, tailored mission modules can be configured for one
mission package at a time. Modules may consist of manned aircraft, unmanned
vehicles, off-board sensors, or mission-manning detachments. The interior volume and payload is greater
than some destroyers and is sufficient to serve as a high-speed transport and maneuver
platform. The mission bay is 15,200 square feet (1,410
m2) and takes up most of the deck below the hangar and flight deck. With 11,000 cubic meters of payload volume,
it was designed with enough payload and volume to carry out one mission with a separate mission
module in reserve, allowing the ship to do multiple missions without having to be refitted. One Mobicon Flexible Container Handling System
is carried on each ship in order to move mission containers. In addition to cargo or container-sized mission
modules, the bay can carry four lanes of multiple Strykers, armored Humvees, and their associated
troops. An elevator allows air transport of packages
the size of a 20-foot-long (6.1 m) shipping container that can be moved into the mission
bay while at sea. A side access ramp allows for vehicle roll-on/roll-off
loading to a dock. The Independence-class ships also have an
integrated LOS Mast, Sea Giraffe 3D Radar and SeaStar Safire FLIR. Northrop Grumman has demonstrated sensor fusion
of on and off-board systems in the Integrated Combat Management System (ICMS) used on the
LCS. The vessels have an Interior Communications
Center that can be curtained off from the rest of the bridge instead of the heavily
protected Combat Information Center found on other Navy warships. USS Cincinnati will be armed by a variety
of the weapons One BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun
One Raytheon SeaRAM CIWS (Close In Weapon System)
Four .50-cal guns (2 aft, 2 forward) Two 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II guns (part of
SUW module) 24 AGM-114L Hellfire missiles (planned part
of SUW module) or 8 NSMs in deck-mounted canisters. Naval Strike Missiles or NSM is the most powerful
weapon of the USS Cincinnati which gives it a potent punch and the ability to taken on
much larger opponents. It is the upgrade of Kongsberg’s Penguin
short-to-medium range anti-ship guided missile. The missile has a range of 100 miles or 185
km. NSM is capable of high subsonic speeds. It has sea skim mode by which it travels very
close to the surface, making it hard to detect and intercept. It is also designed to maneuver to avoid enemy
defenses. It is equipped with 276 pounds or 125 kg multi-purpose
blast/fragmentation warhead. NSM features an imaging IR-seeker which is
complimented by inertial/GPS navigation. The missile also has a built-in database of
representative ship types to distinguish between intended targets and other objects. Importantly it can be used as an anti-ship
missile as a for taking out land targets. NSM will be placed on the decks of LCSs through
a proprietary canister launcher. US Navy has more than 10 supercarriers, 65+
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, 25+ Ticonderoga-class cruiser as well as several other surface combatants
like Wasp class amphibious assault ship. The powerful warships have made the American
Navy’s surface fleet to be the most formidable one
The inclusion of With the inclusion of Littoral Combat Ship
like USS Cincinnati , US Navy will be able to plug certain holes like operating in constrained
places. This relatively smaller but very agile addition
will significantly improve the combat flexibility of the US Navy as it faces an ever stronger
Chinese and resurgent Russian Navy.

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