Big cat takes to the water

February 2005
Engineer (00137758);2/25/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7669, p6
This article reports that a Great Britain designed military catamaran, said to be the fastest of its kind, has been launched by the U.S. Navy. The all-aluminum ship, officially named Sea Fighter, will be used as an experimental platform to evaluate the hydrodynamic performance, structural behavior and efficiency of high-speed vessel technology. Two helicopters can be accommodated on the upper deck, while a ramp at the craft's stern allows boats up to 10m long to be launched and recovered. The ship is propelled by water-jets, driven by gas turbines for high-speed operation and diesel engines for low-speed cruising.


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