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  Navy Christens Experimental Surface Fighter Craft
 
  Christened "Sea Fighter" on February 5, the Navy's X-Craft is a high-speed, experimental vessel that will test a variety of technologies┬áto allow the Navy to operate more effectively in littoral, or near-shore, waters. Sea Fighter--which can achieve speeds in excess of 50 knots in calm seas-- will serve as a test bed for developmental mission packages and a "risk reduction" experimental vessel for Littoral Combat Ship and Deepwater Program.

The high-speed, experimental vessel will test a variety of technologies that will allow the Navy to operate more effectively in littoral, or near-shore, waters. Sea Fighter will be used to evaluate the hydrodynamic performance, structural behavior, mission flexibility, and propulsion system efficiency of high-speed vessels and also will serve as a test bed for developmental mission packages. It will serve as a "risk reduction" experimental vessel for Littoral Combat Ship and Deepwater Program concept of operation development at sea.

(image courtesy of PRnewsFOTO)

The keel for the 262 foot-long aluminum catamaran was laid in June 2003. The 950-ton (light ship displacement) will be officially delivered to the Navy on April 30, when its crew of 26 (16 Navy and 10 Coast Guard) will begin their certification. In August the ship will arrive in its homeport of San Diego.

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      Posted by: Agitator!!, February 6, 2005, 7:09 am  

 
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