Earlier this week we told you about the U-S-S Independence visiting Humboldt Bay and Eureka. The ship returned today to Schneider Dock and our cameras caught a glimpse. the Independence is a “littoral combat ship” with a trimaran design giving it exceptional speed and agility. It can swap out different systems to take on various missions, including finding and destroying mines, hunting submarines in and near shallow water, and fighting small boats (it is not intended to fight warships).
The unique design with its wide beam above the waterline, supports a larger flight deck than those of the navy's much larger destroyers and cruisers, as well as a large hangar and a similarly large mission bay below. The trimaran hull also exhibits low hydrodynamic drag, allowing efficient operation on two diesel-powered water jets at speeds up to 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph), and high-speed operation on two gas turbine-powered water jets at a sustainable 44 knots (81 km/h; 51 mph) and even faster for short periods.
The ship was designed by General Dynamics and was created for high speed and small crews. Top speed on this warship is between 40 and 50-knots.