Navy’s Shallow-Water Ship Armed With Double Political Defenses

Navy’s Shallow-Water Ship Armed With Double Political Defenses

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The U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, the Independence, arrives at Naval Air Station Key West in Key West, Florida. The Pentagon's chief weapons tester has cited flaws with the ship's guns, said its helicopter isn't powerful enough to tow mine-hunting equipment and questioned whether it could survive taking a hit in combat.