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Navy to Christen the Littoral Surface Craft – Experimental (X-Craft) Sea Fighter

Navy to Christen the Littoral Surface Craft – Experimental (X-Craft) Sea Fighter

Freeland, Washington -- (NNS) -- February 3, 2005 -- The Navy will christen the experimental X-Craft “Sea Fighter” and designate it as the first Fast Sea Frame, Feb. 5, during a noon PST ceremony at Nichols Bros. Boat Builders, Whidbey Island, Wash.

The Littoral Surface Craft-Experimental (LSC-X), under construction at Nichol Brother's Boat Yard. The X-Craft transformational program is a high-speed, aluminum catamaran consisting of an advanced hull geometry, designed to give the craft speeds of 50 knots or more. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has initial plans to conduct hydrodynamic experimentation as a test bed for Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HME) concepts for the Navy's new class of warship, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). (November 10, 2004).

Freeland, Washington -- November 10, 2004 -- The Littoral Surface Craft-Experimental (LSC-X), under construction at Nichol Brother's Boat Yard. The X-Craft transformational program is a high-speed, aluminum catamaran consisting of an advanced hull geometry, designed to give the craft speeds of 50 knots or more. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has initial plans to conduct hydrodynamic experimentation as a test bed for Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HME) concepts for the Navy's new class of warship, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jesse Praino.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jesse Praino

Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will deliver the principal address. His wife, Lynne Hunter, is the ship’s sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, she will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship "Sea Fighter."

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 will also serve as a test bed for developmental mission packages. It will serve as a “risk reduction,” experimental vessel for the Littoral Combat Ship and Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program concept of operation development at sea.

The keel of the aluminum catamaran was laid in June 2003, is 262 feet in length and displaces 950 tons. The ship has a beam of 72 feet and a navigational draft of 11.5 feet. Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels and two waterjets will power Sea Fighter to speeds reaching 50 knots. The Sea Fighter’s crew will consist of 16 Sailors and 10 Coast Guardsmen.


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