The first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) is the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships. The agile 377-foot Freedom will help the U.S. Navy defeat growing littoral, or close-to-shore, threats and provide access and dominance in coastal water battle-space. Displacing 3,000 metric tons and with a capability of reaching speeds well over 40 knots, Freedom will be a fast, maneuverable and networked surface combatant with operational flexibility to execute focused missions, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and humanitarian relief.
(Technology News Daily)
Quite an achievement, designing a ship with big-time combat capabilities and a shallow draft. There's more at the link, so click & read.