posted on Apr, 7 2004 @ 02:59 AM
The purpose of this evaluation, the first of many planned evaluations, was to evaluate whether existing HSS technology has potential for present and
future military applications. Based on our personal CAT observations and instrumentation analysis,
1. The vessel can be used as a viable intratheater tactical marine transport.
2. Stronger decks and larger tiedown provisions would be needed to secure larger military vehicles and equipment.
3. A redesign in deck heights would be desirable as well. Available deck height on the majority of the vehicle decks was only 77-84 inches.
4. Currently there are no ISO sockets on the ship. ISO sockets and electrical outlets (for ISO containers) would be desirable.
5. The vessel would require an integral loading ramp for unimproved ports or in-stream LOTS operations.
The CAT clearly demonstrated the future potential of HSS, and it could lead to bigger and better things if expanded.
By using composite materials, new drag-reducing hull forms, digital controls, and improved engines with increased fuel efficiency, it may be possible
to build a high speed strategic sealift vessel capable of transporting vehicles and materiel at speed in
excess of 60 knots up to Sea State 7. If such a vessel included a troop berthing area, the reduced transit time could be used for preparation,
training, and vehicle
maintenance. Complete force packages could be delivered directly to the theater, reducing reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI)
This would dramatically reduce the time required to transport troops and equipment
from “fort to foxhole”.
[Edited on 7-4-2004 by StarChild]