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SPEED AT SEA news+notes) ) ) ( ( Pirates beware: The U.S.S. Freedom is on the water. Freedom is the ﬁrst Littoral Combat Ship, a new class of small warship. Littorals are shallow coastal waters where small ( enemy craft, subs and ﬂoating mines cause trouble for bigger ships. Freedom needs only a 40-person crew because it uses computers and high-tech unmanned drones. It can carry three remote-controlled Fire Scout helicopters and a regular Sea Hawk. Removable modules allow an easy switch from sub-hunting to pirate-chasing. Its anti-mine module deploys robotic motorboats that tow mine-destroying sleds. Freedom can sprint at 40 knots, or about 50 miles per hour. Not impressed? A Nimitz class aircraft car
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