Much more on the LCI variations Sunday Ship History: The Original LCSs A larger version of these "rocket ships" shown here:
FIREPOWER OFF VIETNAM aka AMERICAN ROCKET SHIPS BOMBARD VIETNAMBritish Pathe (click on image to go to video) That's USS Carronade (IFS-1) shown in the latter video. More about her here:
USS Carronade (IFS-1/LFR-1) was a ship of the United States Navy first commissioned in 1955. She is named after the carronade, a type of short barrelled cannon. As an Inshore Fire Support Ship (IFS), part of the so-called "brown-water navy", Carronade was built to provide direct naval gunfire support to amphibious landings or operations close to shore. Carronade was armed with two twin 40mm anti-aircraft mounts (mounted fore and aft of the superstructure), one dual-purpose 5" .38caliber naval cannon, and eight mk.105 twin automatic rocket launchers. Each launcher was capable of firing thirty spin-stabilized rockets per minute. *** During the Vietnam War, Carronade served as the Flagship of Inshore Fire Support Division 93 (IFSDIV93), working alongside the USS Clarion River (LSM(R)-409), USS St. Francis River (LSMR-525) and USS White River (LSMR-536). Shortly before decommissioning, all ships in IFSDIV93 were re-designated as LFR.To a certain extent, Carronade and her companions were meant to satisfy US Marine Corps needs for amphibious gunfire support.
Updated to fix spelling.
Time to look at taking MLRS to sea.ReplyDelete
Pretty close to what I thought LCS should be, updated with MLRS launchers and a Mk 71 eight inch rifle, instead of what we got.ReplyDelete