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

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

U.S. Navy/General Dynamics via Getty Images

This file photos show the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, the Independence, beginning open ocean trials in the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, Alabama, during July 2009. The sharp-angled ship's resemblance to a fictional "Star Trek" spaceship adds allure to a vessel that was conceived as a workhorse.