The Navy has just launched the U.S.S. Independence, also known as the Littoral Combat Ship by General Dynamics. At $208-million, this “trimaran can move huge weapons around faster than any ship in the Navy.” Click here for first picture in gallery.

Littoral means close to shore, and that�s where these fleet-hulled babies will operate, tailor-made for launching helicopters and armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes, missiles and machine guns.

[via Dvice]

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