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