Command and Control Swift
Update-Someone just pointed out this is a 4 year old article. Aside from my embarrassment (though there were 2 dates on the post), I will leave it for discussion as a novel idea. Have a great Sunday!
The following on new plans for the HSV-2 Swift fast catamaran, a prototype of the new Joint High Speed Vessel sounds like an interesting new role for the advanced hull form. Some of the details were a little murky, however. First the story from Stephanie Heinatz at the Daily Press:
This week, the Swift, one of the Navy’s newest ships, made a port call to Norfolk, where it is being tested and showcased. Navy officials hope the Swift — or a ship with similar abilities — eventually can replace the command and control ships. The officials know the weapons systems now being tested on it will be implemented in the Littoral Combat Ship, a small, fast-attack boat designed for shallow waters.
Replacing the huge and immaculately equipped Blue Ridge C and C ships with a fast and light HSV? This is news to me or is there any other type of command ships in the Navy?
This type of platform offers a lot of advantages for a command and control ship,” said Mark Sakaguchi, the ship’s Virginia captain. “It has a lot of flexibility to respond to any kind of situation.” That flexibility comes from the ship’s advanced hull — the catamaran-like design that gives the ship the ability to maneuver in shallow water — and jet propulsion technology, which gives it its speed.
High speed desirable in a command ship? My notion is, it would be a well equipped communication suite, and plenty of room for a fleet commander and his staff. This is getting stranger by the second.
Right now the Navy has four command and control ships, said Cmdr. Sean Fox, who works for Norfolk’s 2nd Fleet test and experimentation branch. Typically those ships deploy before aircraft carrier strike groups to scout out missions. But because they are so much slower than the Swift, it takes them 20 days to get to places that would take the Swift 10 days.
Actually there are only 2, USS Blue Ridge and the USS Mount Whitney. There were 4 but the USS LaSalle was decommissioned in 2005, with the USS Coronado following in 2006. Anyway, I’m not discounting the idea of an HSV command ship, as you all know New Wars has been a big promoter of the type. I just wanted to get the record straight.
Maybe our Dedicated Band of Readers might have further info on this subject.