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The USS Independence is a new class of US Navy ships that support near shore operations. North Coast of California has been where some severe sea condition testing has been conducted. It is equipped with the ability to serve as a Helo Base for Apache Helicopters. With its Tri-Hull construction, the drag is reduced making it a very fast transport and platform.
Tug Boat pushes the USS Independence towards the dock in order to relieve line pressure from the mooring tie downs.
Ocean Going Tug – Koos King holds the bow point as another tug assists the stern moving around into the Main Channel in order to return to sea.
Helo-Deck, Ratheon “Sea Ram” missle launcher, and closed doors to the helicopter and equipment areas.Thanks to blog visitor Chris, who assisted with equipment information.
Making the turn to head into the main channel of Humboldt Bay. This view shows a glimpse of the Tri-Hull design which contributes to the swiftness of this operations platform.
Front Weapon, Bridge, and Avionics array.
Koos King ushering the ship into the main channel.
Koos King nudging the stern into Main Channel alignment while the ships’ mooring skiff is being hoisted up and secured for getting underway.
Helo-Deck and starboard side near the stern.
USS Independence LCS Class, departing Humboldt Bay through the Jaws of the North and South Jetties into the Pacific Ocean.