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Old    lakeski (lakeski)      Join Date: Dec 2006       11-08-2008, 1:24 PM Reply   
The USS Freedom LCS1 was commissioned today in a ceremony in Milwaukee. It is the first LCS class ship in the Navy. It will be used for high speed missions and it can also run in shallow water since it uses water jet propulsion, not propellers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98yrPKxmig&feature=related

I was at the commissioning and people were buzzing about this video. Check how the Freedom blows past the other boat. Also take a look at the size of the wake. Wow!

The boat was built in Marinette, WI. So far, it's traveled on sea trials to Duluth, MN and now to Milwaukee for the commissioning. It will end up based in San Diego.

The commissioning was a great ceremony. I happened to be near one of the shipbuilders who spent two years working on this ship. He said that they've gotten it well above 50 MPH in sea trials on Lakes Michigan and Superior. The wake can be enormous. He said that the wake accidentally sunk a sailboat that was moored and the Navy is buying the sailboat owner a new boat.

Some stats from the Navy's commissioning program:
377 feet long, 59 foot beam, 13-14 foot draft.

96,000 horsepower. Two Rolls-Royce gas turbine engines similar to what you'd find on a Boeing 777. Equivalent to 223 Chevy Corvettes.

4 waterjets, each with a 5 foot diameter. It can drain an Olympic size swimming pool in 3 seconds. When running at full power, is has a 25 foot rooster tail that rises above the flight deck.

Also two 16 cylinder diesel engines which deliver 17,370 horsepower. The shipbuilder said that these engines are for lower speed operation in harbors, etc. The program says that these engines deliver the power of 35 semi trucks.

40% of her internal volume is completely reconfigurable (equivalent of 5 basketball courts). The Mission Package modules can be changed in under 24 hours.

Displacement: 3,100 tons.

This is an impressive ship, no doubt about it.
Old    Mike (ponyh8r)      Join Date: Dec 2004       11-08-2008, 5:43 PM Reply   
That is one sick boat. Its good to see where all that defense money goes sometimes. Don't count on all these new gadgets to come to fruition. I am in the AF and I don't know that if under the new admin. if we will ever see our full allotment of Raptors. Beautiful boat.
Old    Karl De Looff (boarditup)      Join Date: Jan 2004       11-09-2008, 5:02 AM Reply   
That is pure motivation! As a former Marine and Coastie, I am jealous I will never get to run a mission from that ship. That is an example of taxes well spent.
Old    Nick Yochman (lakemiltonwake08)      Join Date: Oct 2008       11-09-2008, 5:51 AM Reply   
I'd like to go wakesurfing behind that thing. That's one hell of a boat, Anyone know it's top speed?
Old    Chris Walker (redsupralaunch)      Join Date: Aug 2002       11-09-2008, 5:59 AM Reply   
looks stealthy is it a steel or composite?
Old    Alpha_Beast (socalwakepunk)      Join Date: Dec 2002       11-09-2008, 7:48 AM Reply   
Way cool. Looks like they supersized a Mark V Fast Attack Boat (also a jet boat)!

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Old    lakeski (lakeski)      Join Date: Dec 2006       11-09-2008, 6:50 PM Reply   
The shipbuilder from Marinette that I sat near said that it has reached well above 50 MPH in sea trials. I believe it is composite, as well.
Old    Evil0ne (evil0ne)      Join Date: Sep 2006       11-10-2008, 8:09 AM Reply   
13-14 feet of water is shallow?
Old    Dave (davomaddo)      Join Date: Feb 2003       11-10-2008, 1:27 PM Reply   
Awesome wake.
I would probably go with a longer line, like 150 ft at 32 MPH. Wouldn't need a tower, though.
I would use a longer board than normal for stability.

Does anyone know how quick it turns?
I am concerned that it might not turn quick enough to get a good double up.

I will post a review after I ride behind it...

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