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US Navy rolls out X-Craft

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posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 04:11 PM
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The US Navy's newest high tech ship is the X-Craft or Littoral Surface Craft – Experimental. The testbed for the Navy's future ship called LCS (Littoral Combat Ship), They will be testing this ship in the months ahead and find out all the goods and bads, then incorrporate al the goods into the LCS, its said that it will dramaticly reduce the price of the LCS from the intel they gather from her. She will be christen on 2/5/05. and be given her official name "Sea Fighter" (SFS-1).



This ship is deffinatly made for the modern day world, it can do a variety of different tasks, making it multi-role, from getting navy seals to there destination, to taking out subs, launch VTUAV's, it can also launch a rigid hull inflatable boat. It will have a small crew of 26 and have room on deck for 2 helos, its made out of aluminum for weight reasons, and will be able to cruise at 50 knots. It's a good coast hugger, would be good for disaster areas, since it can get close and get there quick and have 2 helicopters for rescue operations when it arrives.

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Hi-res pics of the Sea Fighter




posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 05:41 PM
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Good find
A very interesting ship.

I found this part of interest

" multi-purpose ramp "will allow X-Craft to launch and recover manned and unmanned surface and sub-surface vehicles"

Military Unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles I wish I knew more about these. I have for quite awhile thought robots would be great for underwater military work. No need for air , food or water they could be small and stealthy.



posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 05:51 PM
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Im pretty sure that boat was primarily developed by the Swedish army.. Could be wrong though. I remember seeing a show about it on Discovery about 8 months ago.



posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 06:07 PM
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They will be testing this ship in the months ahead and find out all the goods and bads, then incorrporate al the goods into the LCS, its said that it will dramaticly reduce the price of the LCS from the intel they gather from her.


Lets hope so. Nichols Brothers Boatyard, Ive been there. They make VERY Expensive (some would say TOO Expensive) boats. Lets hope the costs don't go to the extremes and get this beautiful ship keelhauled before it even makes it to the fleet.

Phae



posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 06:14 PM
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Sweet! I'll be glad when they finally manufacture a sample of the stealth aircraft carriers...



posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 06:31 PM
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Originally posted by Thain Esh Kelch
Im pretty sure that boat was primarily developed by the Swedish army.. Could be wrong though. I remember seeing a show about it on Discovery about 8 months ago.


No... It was built by the Nichols Brothers Boatyard in Washington.

Your probably thinking of the Swedish made Visby Class corvette, which is a cool ship, but they dont look alike.





posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 06:50 PM
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ShadowXIX
Military Unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles I wish I knew more about these. I have for quite awhile thought robots would be great for underwater military work. No need for air , food or water they could be small and stealthy.


yeah, i'm sure it will have some unmanned options onboard.
It says it can launch & recover unmanned sub-surface vehicles.
A strong possibility is that it will have a Sea Fox on board, which is a unmanned rigid inflatable that can provide force-protection capabilities for patrolling ships and portside installations.

basically with the Sea fox and a machine gun mounted on all 4 sides of the ship, they are trying to make another USS Cole type of attack impossible.




posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 10:00 PM
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I used to work at Nichols bros. back in the early 90's.Good to see they got the contract to build these boats.



posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 02:41 AM
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nice looking craft. 50 knots thats pretty fast for a ship of its size?

Tahlen



posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 03:38 AM
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Cool, looks like a sea cat ferry...
Though i think it will get up to high speeds with an aluminuim hull.
What happens if it gets shot at though?



posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 11:55 AM
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Some people on here might like to know it is designed by a british team
www.ngal.co.uk...
www.ngal.co.uk...



posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 07:48 PM
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DevilWasp
What happens if it gets shot at though?

- The same thing that happens to any ship.

I assuming by shot, you mean missile or torpedo, and a missile would have trouble because i believe its a stealth ship, and I doubt 1 torpedo could sink it.



posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 07:41 AM
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Originally posted by Murcielago

DevilWasp
What happens if it gets shot at though?

- The same thing that happens to any ship.

I assuming by shot, you mean missile or torpedo, and a missile would have trouble because i believe its a stealth ship, and I doubt 1 torpedo could sink it.



One modern torpedo would at least cripple it, if not sink it outright. Modern warships are not significantly armoured. They work on the principle that to not get hit at all is by far the best option. Hence the major investment in signatures reduction, electronic countermeasures and CIWS.

[edit on 5-2-2005 by paperplane_uk]



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