Stiletto & Seakeeping
Here is a response from Industry concerning a recent query by yours truly:
Thank you, Mike, and the others who have shown an interest in the M80 Stiletto and those who have taken time to comment on this unique craft. Your feedback is valuable to us at M Ship Co. as we move forward with the design of the next-generation Stiletto platforms for the Department of Defense.
We are pleased with the performance of the M80 Stiletto to date, particularly during its 70-day, 6,000-mile drug interdiction and apprehension mission in the waters off Colombia, the Bahamas and the Florida Straits.
An internal study prepared by U.S. Southern Command for Pentagon leaders lauded the performance of the Stiletto, which successfully met all program objectives for its operational evaluation.
In your New Wars blog of January 19, you asked if we wanted to respond to the claim that the Stiletto was unable to handle rough seas. This claim resulted from a failure to understand that the Stiletto was being operated in conditions above Sea State 3.
Our original Stiletto design was for operations only up to Sea State 3 although we are confident that future design modifications would assure successful operation in rougher seas.
Again, thank you for your interest and comments. For additional information, please visit the M Ship website: http://mshipco.com/
Mayuko Bonica for Chuck Robinson, President of M Ship Co.
This pertains to the recent article in Defense News by Mr Robisnson.