The Titan Corporation,
Mission Flexible Ship Achieves 50-Knot Certification Qualifying Speed; Fastest Large-Craft in the U.S. Navy
Sea Fighter's sea trials included, in part, extensive certification testing ranging from maneuvering, cruise performance, and propulsion trials — where the ship achieved a continuous cruising speed in excess of 50 knots — to vibration, sound, and stern ramp operation trials.
“We built Sea Fighter to commercial standards,” said Gene Ray, Titan's president, chairman, and CEO. “These successful, independent certifications by the American Bureau of Shipping — one of the world's largest ship classification societies administering rules for high-speed vessel design and construction — underscore Sea Fighter's efficient design and advanced hull geometry that allow it to travel with ease at speeds greater than 50 knots.”
When operational with the U.S. Navy, this high-speed, experimental aluminum catamaran will be a prime, state-of-the art resource for testing a variety of technologies that will allow the Navy to operate more effectively in littoral, or near-shore, waters. The 262-foot long, 72-foot beam Sea Fighter will be used to evaluate the hydrodynamic performance, structural behavior, mission flexibility, and propulsion system efficiency of high-speed vessels, as well as serve as a test bed for developmental mission packages.
Using interchangeable, containerized mission modules, Sea Fighter — which has an unrefueled range of more than 4,000 nautical miles — can be reconfigured quickly for a variety of missions. Sea Fighter is the first vessel that the Navy has designed specifically as a “sea frame,” decoupling hull, mechanical and electrical systems from the mission packages and allowing for a true “plug and fight” mission module capability. A multi-purpose Stern Ramp will allow Sea Fighter to launch and recover manned and unmanned surface and sub-surface vehicles up to the size of an 11 meter Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat. From its flight deck, Sea Fighter FSF-1 will be able to support 24-hour a day operations for up to two MH-60S helicopters.
The keel for the 262 foot-long aluminum catamaran was laid in June 2003, and the ship was christened and launched in early February 2005. The 1600-ton ship (maximum load displacement) was officially delivered to the Navy on July 1, 2005 when its crew of 26 (16 Navy and 10 Coast Guard) began its certification. Sea Fighter will be home ported in San Diego, California.
The Titan Corporation is the prime contractor for the X-Craft. Nigel Gee and Associates designed the ship, and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Washington, built the hull, mechanical, and electrical ship systems.
Headquartered in San Diego, The Titan Corporation is a leading provider of comprehensive information and communications systems solutions and services to the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other federal government customers. As a provider of national security solutions, the company has approximately 12,000 employees and annualized sales of approximately $2.2 billion.
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