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launch of the USS Freedom, the US Navys first Littoral Combat Ship
23-SEP-2006 jypsee

launch of the USS Freedom, the US Navy's first Littoral Combat Ship

Menominee River on the Marinette, Wisconsin side

... The ship is the first in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface
warship designed to defeat enemy threats in shallow coastal waters....
Freedom is the Navy's first "focused-mission" ship. She will be used for
anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, mine warfare missions, and humanitarian relief.

The ship is 377 feet long with a beam of 57 feet. It's top speed will range from 45 to 60 knots, depending on load.

The ship's innovative design allows it to turn 360 degrees in less than eight lengths at top speed to accelerate to full speed in less than two minutes.

More of the day in the AT HOME IN MICHIGAN gallery
In addition, you can read a story about the ship, the launch, and the pride of the Marinette/Menominee communities in building this new ship HERE

UPDATE: the NYTimes has an article criticizing the shipyard and the US Navy HERE

Canon EOS 20D ,Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO EX DG HSM
1/1600s f/6.3 at 100.0mm iso200 full exif

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Karen Stuebing28-Sep-2006 10:47
Just awesome sieng that huge ship hitting the water. V.
Charlie 25-Sep-2006 08:09
Gotta love when they launch the ships in that way. Great splashes you captured.
Tom Gulbrandsen25-Sep-2006 00:22
This is a great shot. Must have been awesome to look at.

Greg Harp24-Sep-2006 03:09
Fantastic capture.
Bill Miller23-Sep-2006 18:56
Hmm, and humanitarian relief. That is what Blair said to us....