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The US Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the Independence variant USS Manchester (LCS 14), came to Seattle on Sunday March 31.
Manchester is the 12th LCS to enter the fleet and the ninth to be homeported in San Diego.
LCSs are high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCSs have the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCSs provide a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations.
It's appearance here is likely for maintenance though the exact reasons were not disclosed.
to stare out at the tourists.
The Independence class is a class of littoral combat ships built for the United States Navy.