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USS Independence Completes Maiden Voyage

19 April 2010

The US Navy's second littoral combat ship (LCS 2), USS Independence, has successfully completed its maiden voyage and arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

During the maiden voyage, Independence carried out several operations to test its capabilities and limitations.

The aluminum trimaran vessel deployed and recovered its 5m rigid-hull inflatable boat, and anchored at sea.

In addition, the ship crew conducted extensive training with the SeaRAM weapon system.

USS Independence will leave Norfolk naval station on 17 April and travel to Port Everglades, Florida, to participate in Fleet Week.