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Do we need faster torpedoes?

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    Posted: 26 May 2018 at 4:52pm

The USS Manchester, supposedly capable of 50 knots. 

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) The Navy's newest littoral combat ship is in New Hampshire to be commissioned.

About 5,000 people are anticipated for Saturday's ceremony for the USS Manchester at the New Hampshire State Pier in Portsmouth. The warship honors New Hampshire's biggest city and its sponsor is Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

The ceremony will mark the point where the ship officially joins the Navy fleet.

The ships can hit speeds of up to 50 mph and utilize steerable waterjets instead of propellers and rudders to operate in shallow water.

The Navy has two different designs. The Manchester is the seventh of the tri-hulled, aluminum ships built at a shipyard in Alabama. The ships are designed to be equipped with swappable mission modules for surface warfare, anti-submarine duty or mine removal.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gerry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2018 at 7:39pm
MK48 ADCAP will still do the job... see'ns how we can get up close and personal before shooting.

Still, 50mph is pretty impressive. Roughly 43 kts. Do you trust a reporter writing about a ship and using MPH? I don't. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltiDawg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2018 at 7:51pm
Also note the photo caption re 50 Kts...



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Class and type:Independence-class littoral combat ship
Displacement:2,307 metric tons light, 3,104 metric tons full, 797 metric tons deadweight
Length:127.4 m (418 ft)
Beam:31.6 m (104 ft)
Draft:14 ft (4.27 m)
Propulsion:2× gas turbines, 2× diesel, 4× waterjets, retractable Azimuth thruster, 4× diesel generators
Speed:40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)+, 47 knots (54 mph; 87 km/h) sprint
Range:4,300 nautical miles (8,000 km; 4,900 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)+
Capacity:210 tonnes
Complement:53 core crew (11 officers, 42 enlisted) plus up to 35 mission crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sea Giraffe 3D Surface/Air RADAR
  • Bridgemaster-E Navigational RADAR
  • AN/KAX-2 EO/IR sensor for GFC
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • EDO ES-3601 ESM
  • 4× SRBOC rapid bloom chafflaunchers
Armament:
Aircraft carried:
ET1ss Nuke; 1962 - 1973. SSN-588, CVA-63, SSBN-629 BLUE, SSN-669 PLANKOWNER, FICPAC
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