Taiwan plans to buy decommissioned US Navy's Littoral Combat Ships

According to information published by Taiwan News on April 11, 2022, Taiwan may consider purchasing decommissioned U.S. Navy littoral combat ships (LCS), Vice Defense Minister Alex Po said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery during a port visit to the Philippines (Picture source: U.S. DoS)

The littoral combat ship (LCS) is a set of two classes of relatively small surface vessels designed for operations near shore by the United States Navy. It was "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals." Littoral combat ships are comparable to corvettes found in other navies. The Freedom class and the Independence-class are the first two LCS variants.

The Freedom-class is one of two classes of the littoral combat ship program, built for the United States Navy.

The ship is a semi-planing steel monohull with an aluminum superstructure. It is 377 ft (115 m) in length, displaces 3,500 metric tons (3,400 long tons), and can achieve 47 knots (87 km/h; 54 mph).

The design incorporates a large, reconfigurable sea frame to allow rapidly interchangeable mission modules, a flight deck with an integrated helicopter launch, recovery, and handling system, and the capability to launch and recover boats (manned and unmanned) from both the stern and side.

The Independence-class is a class of littoral combat ships built for the United States Navy. The hull design evolved from a project at Austal to the design of a high-speed, 40-knot cruise ship.

The ships are 127.4 m (418 ft) long, with a beam of 31.6 m (104 ft), and a draft of 13 ft (3.96 m). Their displacement is rated at 2,377 tons light, 3,228 tons full, and 851 tons deadweight. The standard ship's company is 40, although this can increase depending on the ship's role with mission-specific personnel.