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August 31, 2008

This comes from Springbored, concerning an  advanced small warships design being studied by the Finns:

Most naval innovation these days seems to be coming from small navies, small units, or, um, drug smugglers. Rather than emphasize technological breakthrough, they’re working hard at applying available tech. Cheaply. And if they don’t work, the program can be allowed to die without much fuss….

Big Navy: Either embrace this model or start to get very, very afraid.

Well said! I’ve written before that all the good ideas in warship designs in recent decades have come from small warships such as hydrofoils, surface effects, catamarans, ect. The Scandinavians were quick to commission sleek new stealth boats by making them small and lethal, while 20 years following the launching of Sea Shadow, the US has yet to accept a truly stealthy surface ship in service. The Old Guard is falling far behind while they obsess with billion-dollar battleships.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. charbookguy permalink
    September 2, 2008 8:43 am

    Yep, we’ll wait and see. Thanks!

  2. leesea permalink
    September 1, 2008 10:00 pm

    Aww what do you expect from a PBR driver!!! LOL

    Anyway the Swifts though smaller are another good example of civilian design adapted for combat duty. As was also the PBR Mk 1 I might add.
    Gee you wonder where I come up with these ideas? heehee

    P.S. I reserve further negative comments about the Stiletto until it completes its current drug hunter mission in the Carib? Wonder if it could survive a storm or two? Bet it will stay tied up in Key West? Opps there I go again.

  3. charbookguy permalink
    September 1, 2008 9:19 am

    OOOOOhhhh…Leesea, you’re breaking my heart! The swift boat navy still gets no respect!

  4. leesea permalink
    September 1, 2008 12:43 am

    Opps I meant to say SeaFighter a real ship vice the R&D black hull that is now up for sale. Some ONR designs deserve production. Stiletto does not.

  5. charbookguy permalink
    August 31, 2008 10:43 pm

    Thanks Leesea for these additions! I’m not against buying foreign if its a quality product. Look at what the Merlin engine did for the Mustang in WW2! At least in this category of small stealth ships, the Euros are way ahead of us.

  6. leesea permalink
    August 31, 2008 2:19 pm

    Mike I agree with your comments 100% The list of foreign advanced marine vessels is amazing. Lets list some for clarity: Skjolds (the whole package was briefly up for sale recently). Visbys (an awesome small stealthy warship), Absalons (great multi-mission ship), Combat Boat 90s (which USN is buying one or two of). Those are just some of the current vessels, they were preceded by many notable FACs such as the Spica class.

    IMHO SeaShadow can and should have weapons added and made operational now not latter! ONR apparently got a good ship and they can be built by smaller shipyards without the big bad overhead that GD and LMCO has.

    In the less advanced by also significant category, I would like to add my favorite: the TKMS MHD-150 multi-mission ship.

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