During testing, the General Dynamics-created
an average speed of 44 knots, with a top speed of 45 knots.
The ship, which was tested in the Gulf of Mexico, endured 25-knot
winds and eight-foot waves.
Previously, engineers expected
the ship to top 44 knots -- during testing in July, engine issues
stopped maximum speed tests before Independence could reach 44
knots. Exact engine issues weren't released, and the Navy won't
officially receive the ship until it successfully passes all required
"Independence exceeded our expectations in terms
of maneuverability, stability, handling and speed,” said Jeff
Geiger, GD subsidiary Bath Iron Works President.
wants to develop a fleet of 55 next-generation ships, along with the
Freedom ship created by Lockheed Martin. The Freedom is
competing with the LCS, with military officials expected to make a
decision once Freedom completes a trial deployment.
believed each LCS would cost in the $220 million price range, but
Independence has cost $704 million while Freedom has cost $637
million. It's unknown of Congress will allow the government to
create such a large fleet of LCS if the cost is grossly over budget
in the future.