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Navy's Newest Warships Top Out At More Than 50 MPH (Bath, Maine)

"U.S.S. Independence" ($220 Mil.) ---Littoral Combat Ship.... Bath Iron Works ( A subsidiary of General Dynamics) -
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BATH, Maine – The Navy's need for speed is being answered by a pair of warships that have reached freeway speeds during testing at sea.

Independence, a 418-foot warship built in Alabama, boasts a top speed in excess of 45 knots, or about 52 mph, and sustained 44 knots for four hours during builder trials that wrapped up this month off the Gulf Coast. The 378-foot Freedom, a ship built in Wisconsin by a competing defense contractor, has put up similar numbers.

Both versions of the Littoral Combat Ship use powerful diesel engines, as well as gas turbines for extra speed. They use steerable waterjets instead of propellers and rudders and have shallower drafts than conventional warships, letting them zoom close to shore.

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Added: Oct-23-2009 
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