3 US combat ships sail in formation

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On February 27, three Independence-class littoral combat ships of the United States Navy USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Manchester (LCS 14), and USS Tulsa (LCS 16) sailed in formation in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

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The US Navy commissioned to service USS Tulsa on February 16.

She joined the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and eight other littoral combat ships currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

“Littoral combat ships are high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations,” the US Navy said.

“As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants,” it added.