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As of mid-2001 the office of naval research was considering of a littoral combat ship with a displacment of 500 to 600 tons. The LCS would have a draft of about 3 meters, an operational range of 4,00 NM, and a maximum speed of 50- 60 knots. The cost per ship might be at least $90 million. The Sea Lance concept, designed by engineering students at the naval post graduates school, calls for a fast- moving missile atack ship built on a catarmaran hull. Sea Lance could operate with unmanned midget submarines and fast assault craft capable of deploying as many as 1,00 troops and their equipiment into combat zones at speeds up to 50 knots.