From the side, this ship resembles an armored bus, for some reason turned out to be in the middle of the hull in the water. For nothing that he is almost 80 meters long. In fact, this is an experimental warship of the US Navy, and did not give the beginning of the series.
The main task of the ship is to operate the landing site for two helicopters, which, in principle, are its main combat power. Littoral ships are designed to patrol the coastal zone and must carry out combat missions both at sea and on a certain part of the coast - here a compact helicopter carrier with a short draft can not be more relevant.
Sea Fighter accelerates to a very high speed for a vessel of this type — about 90 km / h, and its hull is a block system that is easily amenable to reconfiguration. On its internal deck, you can install equipment for mining, anti-submarine operations, fighting on the surface, as well as simply containers for transport missions or premises for the transport of troops.
The power plant he has combined - there are two diesel engines and two gas turbines. The first serve when the ship slowly patrols the coastal zone, the second - for high-speed power operations. Interestingly, the ship is so computerized that the captain's bridge is designed for only three people - this is enough to control the ship.
Today, Sea Fighter is officially in trial mode. When the tests are over, it will be handed over to the coast service for immediate work, but it is already clear that it will not become the ancestor of the new type of ships - too radical changes in its design relative to more traditional littoral vessels. In addition, its structure involves a large number of interchangeable modules, which to some extent is overkill. It is better to have a separate transport worker and a separate helicopter carrier, than alternately change the “stuffing” inside one ship, ensuring the fulfillment of a mission.
The main characteristics of the ship Sea Fighter (FSF-1):
Launch year: 2005
Crew: 4 officer, 22 sailor
Shipyard: Nichols Bros. Boat Builders (Freeland, WA)
Length: 79,9 m
Beam width: 21,9 m
Draft: 3,5 m
Displacement: 1100 tons
Maximum speed: 55 knots (102 km / h)
Practical range: 8100 km