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What are the design differences between naval combat ships for littoral waters versus those for the high seas?

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The design of the combat ships for littoral waters is based on the standard Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The new ship is a much larger, more powerful warship with more advanced systems and a larger crew. The combat ships for the high seas are smaller and more heavily armed
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Naval combat ships are designed to operate in the littorals as well as the high seas. The size of the ship is based on the threat environment, and the type of weapon system to be used. The size of the ship is determined by the capability of the ship to respond to the threat. The size of the ship also depends on the size of the mission.
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The principal differences between the two types of vessels are as follows: 1. The littoral combat ships (LCS) are designed to operate in littoral environments and in shallow water at speeds of 25 knots or less. They are designed to operate in shallow water at speeds of 10 knots or less
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The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is designed to operate in shallow coastal waters, while the frigate is designed to operate in shallow coastal waters and to operate in deeper coastal waters
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For littoral waters, the ship must be large enough to accommodate the most capable of weapons, including torpedoes, long-range missiles, and land attack cruise missiles. The ship must be able to launch and recover a wide variety of weapons from its under-belly, including anti-ship missiles, mines, and helicopters
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The most significant difference is the size of the ship, which is measured in feet, not meters. The Navy's new DDG-1000 destroyer, for example, is about the size of a small fishing boat.
DDG-1000 USS Blue Ridge, a new Littoral Combat Ship, is about the size of a small fishing boat.
DDG-1000
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The design of a littoral combat ship is a result of the characteristics of the waters that the ship will operate in. The primary differences between the two designs are the hull shape, the propulsion system, and the fuel capacity. The hull shape is very different
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