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Freedom will be initially manned by her "Gold" crew of 91 Sailors to include mission package personnel an aviation detachment to operate an embarked MH-60 helicopter. Freedom is the first of three commissioned LCSs, which were designed to perform operations close to shore. LCSs are slightly smaller than guided missile frigates in size, but have the capabilities of a small assault transport with a flight deck and hangar, the ability to recover and launch small boats from a stern ramp, and enough cargo volume and payload to deliver a small assault force with armored fighting vehicles to a roll-on/roll-off port facility.

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