The latest version of the Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) was commissioned on November 17, 2018. This is one truly a new kind of combat fighting ship too. It is the USS Sioux City (LCS-11) and it is now a part of the fleet and it will bring some serious warfighting capabilities to our Navy when it comes to close to shore combat support.
This is truly a new concept. These ships are designed to support combat troops in an up-close-and-personal way. But they have serious weaponry to engage in a wide variety of combat situations, from the air, as close in fire support for troops on shore, and some serious submarine warfare weaponry.
Littoral Combat Ships are a multi-purpose, high-tech vessels. The USS Sioux City is a Freedom variant of the older LCS models. They are equipped with a 57mm gun, which can shred small boats or even enemy attackers on shore. They have Rolling Airframe missiles and a RAM system that allows it to engage anti-ship missiles, aircraft, and surface vessels. It can even track and engage multiple targets at once.
It employs the ALEX decoy system that allows the ship to create a massive radar signature to confuse inbound missiles coming toward it or toward the its supporting fleet of vessels.
Along with this it carries Mk. 50 lightweight torpedoes that are great for targeting and hitting fast moving, deep-diving submarines. This Freedom model can also carry a Firescout drone helicopter with guided rockets and a pack of 24 Longbow Hellfire Missiles.
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With their shallow draft design and their powerful weapons systems, these LCSs can bring some serious power to the the point of battle on Marine amphibious assaults or other close to shore combat needs. The USS Sioux City is the newest LCS to be commissioned and brings the latest in high-tech wizardry with it.
This is yet another way that the Navy and the Marine Corps can bring their combined skills and abilities to the battlefield.
Learn more in the video below.
The Veterans Site wishes the new USS Sioux City (LCS-11) “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.