Face to face with a juggernaut.
It’s 2012. The U.S. Navy is contending with a critically rampant Somali pirate ship hijacking problem.
The U.S. Government issues a call to shipbuilders from all over the world to help them design and build THE definitive solution to this problem. Austal’s answer — the Littoral, Independence-class — is a 419-foot trimaran (or multihull) vessel made entirely of aluminum with top speeds of 70 knots. Envisioned as a “networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant;” the Independence- class is capable of defeating growing threats in shallow water depths and ensuring dominance in the coastal water battlespace.