Historic Aircraft Carrier USS Independence On Course for On Time Arrival at Scrapyard

The decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS Independence has passed Costa Rica on the first leg of its trip from Bremerton and onward to Brownsville, Texas. The first leg of the long 16,000 mile journey that will take the 60,000-ton super carrier around the tip of South America (not the Panama Canal), transiting the Strait of Magellan and eventually into EMR Group’s … [Read more...]

Video: Future USS Detroit (LCS 7) Launched at Marinette Marine

A Lockheed Martin-led team launched the United States Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Detroit, into the Menominee River this weekend at the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) shipyard. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Barbara Levin, christened Detroit with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch. "It … [Read more...]

The “aggresive corrosion” of the USS INDEPENDENCE – Who’s to blame?

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Zachary Harrell/Released You may have seen recently that Austal, a designer and manufacturer of high performance aluminium vessels including a number of vessels for the U.S. Navy, released this press release titled "Corrosion in Warships" addressing "galvanic corrosion" in the Littoral Combat Ship, USS Independence (LCS-2).  At the time I didn't think … [Read more...]

Interesting Ship of the Week – The USS Independence (LCS 2)

The design for Independence (LCS 2) is based on a high-speed trimaran that can make more than 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph) and has a range of 10,000 nautical miles. It was delivered to the Navy at the end of 2009 but the development and construction of Independence ran more then 100% over-budget reaching a total projected cost of $704 million. Even if the Navy doesn't pick its … [Read more...]