INGLESIDE, Texas (NNS) -- High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift deployed Jan. 3 to support the Tsunami disaster relief efforts in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility in the vicinity of Singapore.
Capitalizing on her high speed ability, Swift responded on short notice to meet the needs of the humanitarian and disaster relief efforts. Swift will provide a high speed connectivity capability to the disaster relief coordinator, and much needed fast heavy lift to shallow water areas impacted by the Tsunami.
Swift, homeported at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, is a wave-piercing, aluminum-hulled catamaran with military enhancements, such as a helicopter flight deck, small boat and unmanned vehicle launch and recovery capability, and an enhanced communications suite. It can travel at up to 48 knots and features a modular design, which allows the ship to be refitted to support any mission without requiring long shipyard periods.
Swift has participated in numerous bi-lateral operations throughout the world to include a West African Training Cruise, which required numerous riverine operations with multiple countries in Africa, a combined Army/Marine Joint Logistic Over the Shore exercise in Honduras, and a Mine Warfare operation with Norwegian forces in support of exercise Blue Game.
For related news on Navy tsunami relief operations, visit the Focus on Tsunami Relief Operations page at www.navy.mil/local/tsunami.
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