posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 02:05 PM
As of mid-2001 the Office of Naval Research was considering construction of a Littoral Combat Ship with a displacement of 500 to 600 tons. The LCS
would have a draft of about three meters, an operational range of 4,000 nautical miles, and a maximum speed of 50-60 knots. The cost per ship might be
at least $90 million.
The Streetfighter would be a smaller, very fast ship (part of the more general Streetfighter concept), that could compete successfully with the enemy
for control of coasts and littoral waters. These ships are envisioned as costing less than 10% as much as current Battle Force ships, while comprising
more than 25% of the total number of surface combatants [that is at least 25 but no more than 50 units].
These ships are enabled by evolving hullform technologies such as are in use today in the commercial ferry sector. The Australian Navy's HMAS Jervis
Bay, a catamaran, is cited as an example of such a ship. HMAS Jervis Bay is utilised to transport troops and their vehicles as part of Australia's
amphibious lift capability. HMAS Jervis Bay is one of a series of high speed ships built by Hobart shipbuilder International Catamarans Australia
(INCAT) and is the first vessel of her type to be operated by any navy worldwide. In her role as a fast sea-lift ship, Jervis Bay can transport up to
500 fully equipped troops, together with their vehicles and equipment, to ranges of up to 1000 nautical miles at speeds of more than 40 knots. The
boat’s maximum range is approximately 1,500 nautical miles, at speeds of more than 40 knots, and the four diesel engines --7,080 kilowatts each --
can drive the catamaran up to speeds of 45 knots. In contrast, the fastest US Navy amphibious ship can reach only 24 knots. Under charter by the Royal
Australian Navy, Jervis Bay is used to trial and evaluate the suitability of high-speed, multi-hull technology for future maritime projects.
This is why I think even if the US Defense budget gets smaller, will still be making tons of weapon systems. By using low cost tech from ships like
the DDX, we can still make cheap but very reliable and cost saving ships. Also 50 to 60 knots, wow thats really fast. I like how our navy is
encorporating everything it really ever wanted into their future ships. What is your opinions on this?