The United States Navy have discovered the assets and the versatility of a catamaran through the use of wave piercing catamarans. The fact of a catamaran�s ability to slice through the waves was evident. The Navy was looking for a high-speed vessel that would enable them to provide even more support to national security as well as troops serving in other parts of the world. This catamaran has been dubbed The Swift and it is a commissioned wave piercing catamaran.
The three hundred twenty-one foot wave piercing catamaran has a top speed of fifty knots. Since the catamarans hull draws only about eleven feet of water, it makes it ideal for military missions in shallow water. The Swift as it is called left the naval station at Norfolk, Virginia for active duty in the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
This unique wave piercing catamaran had onboard about thirty commercial enterprises and command representatives who explained a wide variety of new systems that are on or might be installed on The Swift.
The technology is definitely advanced and complex.
Systems on the wave piercing catamaran range from combat vehicles to small boats. Also, there might be unmanned aerial vehicles for targeting and reconnaissance. Unmanned submersible that would be used for underwater minesweeping might be available on this cat.
There are currently two versions of this wave piercing catamaran. The first is used for mine warfare command and support. The second ship is used for special wartime and marine expeditionary type roles. There are two forty manned crews that are well maintained with one being at The Navy Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Virginia and the other at the Naval Station at Ingleside, Texas.
This wave piercing catamaran has automated controls including a docking system that lets the Swift to tie up without aid of tugs in winds of less than fifty knots. The Navy is exploring all kinds of future uses for this wave piercing catamaran and is considering all kinds of missions for this vessel. This is definitely not a recreational catamaran.