How to Handle the Freedom: Part I
By Commander Dale Heinken, Captain Robert Butt (Retired), and Lieutenant George Kunthara, U.S. Navy
Littoral combat ships (LCSs) are undeniably fast and highly maneuverable. They have an unmatched power-to-displacement ratio for a surface ship (114,490 horsepower to 3,348 tons), an ability to “walk” sideways, and access to waters too shallow for most warships. While a variety of forums have debated the LCS’s capabilities, its use, particularly shiphandling, has not yet been discussed in detail. The first portion of this two-part article will focus on how the LCS handles differently from other warships. The second part will examine pier work using these attributes.