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The namesake of the Navy’s Independence-class of Littoral Combat Ships left the fleet after 11 years in a small pier-side ceremony in San Diego on Thursday, according to the service.

USS Independence (LCS-2) was ceremonially decommissioned at an event not open to the public “due to public health safety and restrictions,” reads a release from Littoral Combat Squadron 1.

In a speech, commander Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener praised the crew for helping the Navy refine how it uses the class of ships.

“Without their efforts and experiences, the ship class would not be where it is today with six ships deployed throughout the world. Those improvements, made largely in part due to this crew’s experience and input, will continue to carry the LCS class into the future,” he said in a speech at the pier.

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Independence , based in California, was scheduled to formally leave the fleet on July 31, according to a memo reviewed in May by USNI News . It’s been used as a testbed for mission package development and leaving the fleet well ahead of its expected 25-year service life.

The 3,000-ton Independence and sister-ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) were the first two Independence-class trimaran ships built to compete for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship contract. The ships competed along with the Freedom-class steel monohull LCS USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) before the Navy elected to build both versions of LCS.

Freedom is scheduled to leave the fleet in September.

As part of the FY 2021 budget , the Navy said it was too expensive to upgrade the first four ships for a new era of “great power competition” and sought to decommission the quartet.

“They’re not unimportant, just in great power competition they were less important – so that’s why we took those savings and applied it to other areas,” then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget Rear Adm. Randy Crites said in 2020 .

CNO Adm. Mike Gilday told USNI News in an interview it would take $2.5 billion to upgrade the first four ships – money he would rather put toward the emerging Constellation-class frigate (FFG-62) program.

In the current FY 2022 budget submission , the Navy is asking to cut four LCS – Coronado , Fort Worth, USS  Detroit  (LCS-7) and USS  Little Rock  (LCS-9).

The Navy commissioned  Forth Worth  in 2012 and  Coronado  in 2014. Detroit commissioned in 2016 and Little Rock in 2017.

The Navy’s plan to divest the hulls to free up money to invest in future ships or emerging weapons like hypersonics has met with widespread criticism in Congress.

“I’m not buying it,” Rep Elaine Luria (D-Va.) told USNI News in May . “We need to look at what we have today and how we can use it and how we can use it most efficiently. The idea of divesting of current platforms that still have usable service life in order to invest in something that we might develop the technology for in the future – paired with our poor track record on [developing new] platforms – just makes absolutely no sense to me.”

Independence will join the Navy’s reserve fleet.

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U.S. Navy Decommissions Littoral Combat Ship ‘USS Independence’

The crew of uss independence (lcs 2), the lead ship of the independence-variant littoral combat ship, recognized more than a decade of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at naval base san diego, july 29..

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Due to public health and safety restrictions on large public events resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ceremony was a private event celebrated alongside ship plankowners and former crew members.

During the ceremony, keynote speaker, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, wished the crew of Independence fair winds and following seas as they said farewell to their ship.

“The Independence crew shouldered a heavy responsibility. Since the ship’s introduction into the fleet we asked her to serve for a specific purpose; to test emerging equipment and concepts.” “The crew accomplished that and so much more. Without their efforts and experiences, the ship class would not be where it is today with six ships deployed throughout the world. Those improvements, made largely in part due to this crew’s experience and input, will continue to carry the LCS class into the future.” Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

The commissioning Commanding Officer of USS Independence gold crew, Capt. Michael Riley said it was the Sailors who rose to the occasion that made Independence prosperous.

“What made Independence successful wasn’t the program managers, industry professionals or even her two captains. It was the officers, chiefs and Sailors of the blue and gold crews that made it operational. They shouldered the burden of shifting programmatic guidance, incomplete documentation or one-of-a-kind systems, and got it to sea.” “They were honest in pointing out when system performances or operational processes failed to live up to their expectations. At the same time, they discovered hidden capabilities in the ship, repurposing equipment and systems to suit the situation.” Commanding Officer of USS Independence gold crew, Capt. Michael Riley

Independence maintained a crew of nine officers and 41 enlisted Sailors. The ship was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA and commissioned Jan. 16, 2010.

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Independence is the sixth ship to carry the name, recognizing the cornerstone of our nation’s foundation for which so many Americans have fought and died. The first Independence was a 10-gun sloop that served during the American Revolution. The second Independence, the first ship of the line in the Navy, was launched in 1814 as a 74-gun ship, but later refitted to a 54-gun frigate. The third Independence served with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) following the end of World War I. The fourth Independence (CVL 22), a small aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943, earned eight battle stars during World War II. The fifth Independence (CV 62) was an aircraft carrier commissioned in 1959 and decommissioned in 1998.

Independence has been a test and training ship and was key in developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of LCS today. The decommissioning of LCS 2 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality. The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin and is a steel monohull design constructed in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Independence variant is an aluminum trimaran design originally built by an industry team led by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for LCS 2 and LCS 4. Currently, Independence variant LCS are constructed by Austal USA in the company’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard.

LCS are outfitted with mission packages (made up of mission systems and support equipment) that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.

After the decommissioning of Independence, 22 littoral combat ships remain in service to the fleet.

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USS Independence (LCS 2)

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About the Ship's Coat of Arms: The Shield: Dark blue and gold are traditionally associated with the United States Navy. The field is charged with a representation of LCS 2 at sea. The crenellated bordure bears six merlons, each representing one of the previous ships to bear the name INDEPENDENCE. The eight mullets on the bordure recall the battle stars awarded INDEPENDENCE (CVL 22) for distinguished service during World War II. Gold also denotes excellence. The Crest: The Liberty Bell signifies the freedoms achieved by America's independence from England's domination and emphasizes the participation in gaining national independence of the first ships to bear the name. The stars and stripes and commodore's pennant of the early nineteenth century recall the nation's struggles of that historic period. The Motto: "Libertas Per Laborem Audentium" (Independence Through Bold Action) in gold letters on a dark blue scroll garnished Argent doubled gold with dark blue garnish.

USS INDEPENDENCE Image Gallery:

The photos below were taken by me and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 29, 2010.

The photos below were taken by me and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 8, 2012 - only 6 days after her maiden arrival in San Diego.

The photos below were taken by me and show the INDEPENDENCE undergoing a Post Shakedown Availability at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., on October 3, 2012.

The photos below were taken by Henry Schnutz and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on August 27, 2013.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 27, 2014.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the INDEPENDENCE undergoing a drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif., on April 18, 2016.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the INDEPENDENCE at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif., on October 6, 2016.

The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 20, 2016.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 11, 2017.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the INDEPENDENCE at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on September 28, 2018.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on June 7, 2019, during an open ship event aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2) as part of the Rose Festival at Portland, Or.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the decommissioned INDEPENDENCE laid up at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on June 12, 2022.

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USS Independence (LCS 2) Decommissions After Distinguished Service

Ship's crew deliver the ensign and commissioning pennant during the decommissioning of USS Independence (LCS 2)

Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Abrams | SAN DIEGO (July 29, 2021) Ship's crew deliver the ensign and commissioning pennant... ... read more read more

Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Abrams | SAN DIEGO (July 29, 2021) Ship's crew deliver the ensign and commissioning pennant during the decommissioning ceremony of littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). Independence was decommissioned after more than 10 years of distinguished service. Commissioned Jan. 16, 2010, USS Independence has been a test and training ship and was key in developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of today’s LCS. The decommissioning of LCS 2 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality. The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Abrams)   see less | View Image Page

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NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (July 29, 2021) – USS Independence (LCS 2), the lead ship of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, recognized more than a decade of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, July 29. Due to public health safety and restrictions of large public events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ceremony was a private event celebrated alongside ship plankowners and former crew members. During the ceremony, keynote speaker, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, wished the crew of Independence fair winds and following seas as they bid farewell to their ship. “The Independence crew shouldered a heavy responsibility. Since the ships introduction into the fleet we asked her to serve for a specific purpose; to test emerging equipment and concepts,” said Kitchener. “The crew accomplished that and so much more. Without their efforts and experiences, the ship class would not be where it is today with six ships deployed throughout the world. Those improvements, made largely in part due to this crews experience and input, will continue to carry the LCS class into the future.” The commissioning Commanding Officer of USS Independence gold crew, Capt. Michael Riley stated it was the Sailors who rose to the occasion that made Independence prosperous. “What made Independence successful wasn’t the program managers, industry professionals or even her two captains. It was the officers, chiefs and Sailors of the blue and gold crews that made it operational. They shouldered the burden of shifting programmatic guidance, incomplete documentation or one-of-a-kind systems, and got it to sea,” said Riley. “They were honest in pointing out when system performances or operational processes failed to live up to their expectations. At the same time, they discovered hidden capabilities in the ship, repurposing equipment and systems to suit the situation.” Independence maintained a crew of 9 officers and 41 enlisted Sailors. The ship was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA and commissioned Jan. 16, 2010. Independence is the sixth ship to carry the name, recognizing the cornerstone of our nation’s foundation that so many Americans have fought and died to ensure. The first Independence was a 10-gun sloop that served during the War of Independence. The second Independence, the first ship of the line in the Navy, was launched in 1814 as a 74-gun ship, but later refitted to a 54-gun frigate. The third Independence served with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) following the end of World War I. The fourth Independence (CVL 22), a small aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943, earned eight battle stars during World War II. The fifth Independence (CV 62) was an aircraft carrier commissioned in 1959 and decommissioned in 1998. Independence has been a test and training ship and was key in developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of LCS today. The decommissioning of LCS 2 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality. The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin and is a steel monohull design constructed in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation's shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Independence variant is an aluminum trimaran design originally built by an industry team led by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for LCS 2 and LCS 4. Currently, Independence variant LCS are constructed by Austal USA in the company's Mobile, Alabama shipyard. LCS are outfitted with mission packages (made up of mission systems and support equipment) that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions. After the decommissioning of Independence, 22 LCS remain in service to the fleet. For more news from Naval Surface Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp/, www.dvidshub.net/unit/COMNAVSURFPAC, and www.public.navy.mil/surfor/. For more news from Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, visit https://www.surfpac.navy.mil/comlcsron1/ and www.dvidshub.net/unit/C-LCSO, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/COMLCSRONONE/.

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The US Navy's USS Independence (LCS 2) has successfully completed the first selected restricted availability works at Southwest Regional Maintenance Centre (SWRMC) in San Diego, California.

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The US Navy's USS Independence (LCS 2) has successfully completed the first selected restricted availability works at Southwest Regional Maintenance Centre (SWRMC) in San Diego, California.

SWRMC supervised the work conducted on the LCS 2 under its major contractor, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO).

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USS Independence project officer lieutenant Shawn Williams said: “USS Independence met all scheduled milestones. SWRMC and NASSCO were able to support the ship's damage control material assessment (DCMA) and light off assessment (LOA) on time.”

The primary works required dry-docking of the USS Independence included AMAH hull strengthening, waterjet anode pocket and stern tube replacement, as well as replacement of several 10in overboard discharge valve and 12in suction valves.

Other efforts included air-conditioning plant accumulation tank modification, mission bay stanchion strengthening, and Number 1 and 2 ship service diesel generator (SSDG) top-end overhauls.

The LCS is being built in two variants, with the Freedom type being built and delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Independence type by Austal.

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The LCS is designed to perform missions that include countering littoral mine threats, diesel submarine threats, and surface threats, such as small surface craft attacks.

Designed based on a trimaran hull, USS Independence (LCS 2) was launched in April 2008 and commissioned in January 2010.

Image: Littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2). Photo: courtesy of US Navy air crewman 2nd class Nicholas Kontodiakos.

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Navy Decommissions 2010-Built Littoral Combat Ship ‘USS Independence’

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The U.S. Navy has decommissioned the 2010-built USS Independence (LCS 2), the first Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship.

The Independence, which was designed to have a service life of 25 years, is being retired early along with the USS Freedom (LCS 1), the first Freedom variant LCS commissioned in 2008, due to budget constraints related to updating its systems to match other ships in the class. Freedom is due to be decommissioned later this year.

In a statement, the Navy described the USS Independence as a “test and training ship” that was key to “developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of LCS.”

“The Independence crew shouldered a heavy responsibility. Since the ship’s introduction into the fleet we asked her to serve for a specific purpose; to test emerging equipment and concepts,” said Kitchener. “The crew accomplished that and so much more. Without their efforts and experiences, the ship class would not be where it is today with six ships deployed throughout the world. Those improvements, made largely in part due to this crew’s experience and input, will continue to carry the LCS class into the future.”

USS Independence maintained a crew of nine officers and 41 enlisted sailors. The ship, an aluminum trimaran design, was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama and commissioned January 16, 2010, making the ship only 11 years old despite its 25-year expected service life.

“Decommissioning of LCS 2 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality,” the Navy said. “The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats.”

In its Fiscal Year 2021 budget submission, the Navy had proposed retiring the first four LCSs early.

After the decommissioning of Independence, 22 littoral combat ships remain in service to the fleet. The Independence and Freedom are expected to join the Navy reserve fleet.

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The U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship Could Soon Be on the Comeback Trail

Summary: The U.S. Navy is poised to repurpose its Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as modern mine countermeasures vessels, a move that could redefine their role within the fleet. The introduction of the Mine Countermeasures Mission Package (MCM MP) aboard the USS Canberra (LCS-30) marks a significant shift from traditional Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships to more versatile platforms.

-This package includes a suite of sensors, unmanned vehicles, and support systems that allow for remote mine detection, identification, and neutralization. The transition is set for its first deployment in Fiscal Year 2025, aiming to enhance mine countermeasure capabilities while phasing out older technologies like the MH-53 helicopters and Avenger-class ships.

-This development could give the oft-criticized LCS a crucial and effective role in the Navy's future operations.

U.S. Navy Repurposes Littoral Combat Ships for Advanced Mine Countermeasures

The U.S. Navy's Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships (MCS) are not the most famous of vessels, even though a fictional ship of the class was a subject of the 2023 film The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial . No scenes appeared onboard the ship, but much of the dialog covered the typical missions and capabilities of an Avenger-class MCS.

Fourteen of the vessels were built, and eight remain in active service. The ships were designed as mine hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying, and destroying moored and bottom mines. Each employs sonar and video systems, cable cutters, and a mine-detonating device that can be released and detonated by remote control. They are also capable of conventional sweeping measures.

Along with MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters , the Avenger-class ships are the Navy's legacy mine countermeasures platforms . But soon another vessel could take over their mine-hunting duties. What is notable is that by doing so, these ships could solve another problem for the Navy, namely finding a purpose for its oft-maligned littoral combat ships (LCS).

Littoral Combat Ships: The Little Crappy Ships as Minesweepers

The Navy announced in late April that it placed the first Mine Countermeasures Mission Package (MCM MP) aboard the USS Canberra (LCS-30). With the package now onboard this Independence-class LCS, the Navy will carry out the first MCM MP deployment in Fiscal Year 2025.

"The LCS Mission Modules program delivers to the fleet a modernized and integrated MCM mission package that removes Sailors from the minefield and allows for the future retirement of legacy MCM ships," explained Capt. Matthew Lehmann, program manager of the LCS Mission Modules program office.

As part of the embarkation process, the U.S. Navy has installed sensors, unmanned vehicles, support containers, and software that will enable sailors to execute MCM operations from the vessel. The embarkation marked the formal turnover of the MCM MP to the ship, signifying the crew is ready to train with and maintain the mission package as they prepare for its first deployment.

Suite of Systems

The MCM package is made up of an integrated suite of unmanned maritime systems and sensors, and it can be used to locate, identify, and destroy mines in the littorals while increasing the ship's standoff distance from the threat area. Embarked with the MCM MP, an LCS or another vessel of opportunity can conduct the full spectrum of detect-to-engage operations (hunting, neutralizing, and sweeping) against mine threats. These ships will use sensors and weapons deployed from the MCM Unmanned Surface Vehicle, an MH-60S multi-mission helicopter, and associated support equipment.

The sea service further announced that the MCM MP achieved Initial Operational Capability on March 31, 2023, following rigorous initial operational testing and evaluation of the full mission package, including its AN/AQS-20 system, during the fall of 2022 aboard the USS Cincinnati (LCS 20). With the deployment of the first MCM mission packages in Fiscal Year 2025, the Navy will begin the process of divesting from its aging MH-53 helicopters and Avenger-class MCS ships.

Perhaps the U.S. Navy has finally found a mission suited to its "crappy little ships."

Author Experience and Expertise: Peter Suciu 

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer. He has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,200 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, politics, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes and Clearance Jobs . You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu . You can email the author: [email protected] .

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