Command ships are built to serve as a C4I of the theatre's area of operations, it is equipped with wide array of radars and sensors to detect enemies in advance and relay it to the fleet. It also has an Amphibious Combat Information System (ACIS) to provide support during amphibious assaults.
It is armed with two Phalanx 20mm CIWS, and two Oerlikon 35mm Millennium CIWS to protect the ship against airborne threat, while eight M2. 50 cal HMG's are for protection against skiffs and swarm attacks by swift boats. It is powered with two engines, two shafts, and two propellers, a bow propeller adds maneuverability to the ship.
The helicopter pads can accomodate two SH-60s, or four AH-6s, or a CH-47. The command crew is different from the ships crew so as to maximize and for them to do their jobs efficiently.
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