The Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team recently demonstrated the operation of the innovative stern ramp and side doors on Freedom, the nation’s first littoral combat ship. These doors are key elements to the ships launch and recovery systems.The littoral, or close-to-shore operations, of the Navy will be assisted by the agile 377-foot Freedom. The ships design was optimized for the launch and recovery of a variety of manned and unmanned watercraft designed to undertake multiple mission types including surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, minehunting, and special operations. The ship can also conduct humanitarian aid missions as well. <The stern ramp on the Freedom can launch and recover large hard-bottomed vehicles like 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats or the special operations forces high speed boat while the ship is underway. Freedom is powered by fixed and steerable Rolls-Royce water jets for superior maneuverability.Freedom also has a side door that provides a second launch and recovery point for smaller watercraft and can be used for replenishing ship stores and refueling at sea. Both access points to the interior of the ship are serviced by an overhead crane that extends overboard and can lift any vehicle designed to be carries by Freedom. Freedom is currently still under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, and is scheduled for completion and delivery in 2008.
quote: If this is exclusively for the U.S. Navy, why are they so public about such developments?
quote: I mean, yes, we should let our "enemies" and "friendlies" alike know that we kick ass at military developments [among many other things ;)], even though at times, mainly present day, military development shouldn't be such a priority.
quote: However, if present day was a military prioritizing world (which I think it isn't), wouldn't keeping advancements or developments like the one aforementioned quiet or "down low" be in itself a priority?
quote: The ship can also conduct humanitarian aid missions as well.
quote: I'd also note that Germany was busy selling as much as possible to Saddam. I guess a murderous dictator killing a few Jews in between invading his neighbors can't be allowed to interfere with business, eh? Cause we all know how sorry Germany is about that little chapter.
quote: you are obviously very young/very uneducated. wikipedia is a good place to start reading up on history
quote: it is funny that you mention iran, north korea and syria, as the one thing the US has in common wit them is that you all spend more on your military budget than on education and health care combined. you're in good company.
quote: ........is that you all spend more on your military budget than on education and health care combined.
quote: you are obviously very young/very uneducated.
quote: wikipedia is a good place to start reading up on history
quote: as for invading a nation that invades others for no reason and is run by a regime that has caused innumerable deaths
quote: but i wonder what would happen if NOBODY was pulling them and we could all do our own thing, and the UN would handle international conflicts
quote: As far as the politicians, and the UN.... forget about it. The UN is just as bad as any other Govt. The politicians, well, they are politicians... enough said.
quote: actually, weapons have been found, just not nearly as many as they had hoped. We have uncovered some stock piles of about 500 warheads equipped with mustard and sarin gas.