ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy took delivery of its newest experimental ship, Sea Fighter (FSF 1), at Naval Station Everett, Wash., in July. The Navy's fastest ship, Sea Fighter will operate at greater than 50 knots and has a range of approximately 4,000 nautical miles.
The ship will move to San Diego and continue experimentation while assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
"Sea Fighter will serve as the platform to test the technologies and manning concepts that will allow the Navy to operate more effectively around the world," said Vice Adm. Terry Etnyre, commander, Naval Surface Forces. "It will fill a critical role as the bridge between current ships and future surface combatants as we introduce Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) to the fleet."
The ship will also 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. The ship can accommodate two helicopters on its flight deck and has bays for 12 flexible mission modules, a stern ramp/cradle that can be lowered at sea to launch and recover a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles, and a small crew of 16 Navy Sailors and 10 Coast Guardsmen.
The keel of the aluminum catamaran was laid in June 2003 at Nichols Bros. Boat Builders, Whidbey Island, Wash., and Sea Fighter was christened in February 2005. The ship is 262 feet in length and displaces 1,400 tons (at full load), with a beam of 72 feet and a navigational draft of 11.5 feet. Two gas turbine engines and two propulsion diesels power Sea Fighter's four waterjets.
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