High speed. Low cost. Multimission. Minimally manned. The high-speed wave-piercing catamaran Joint Venture could offer the agile, flexible response the Navy needs for the future.
Standing on the bridge of the 370-foot wave-piercing catamaran USS Moose River, Commander Chase was enjoying his morning coffee, watching one of the ships in his high-speed vessel (HSV) squadron, the USS South Branch, making 40 knots through windswept, ten-foot seas. Thinking back over the past several months, he marveled at the number of different missions his squadron had been assigned and the incredible versatility of his ships. Only two days ago, two were engaged in port security operations supporting a battle group port visit, another was on a high-speed logistics run for Marines in support of a noncombatant evacuation, and the fourth, with a maritime intercept boarding team embarked, had run down a vessel smuggling arms for terrorists in just 15 feet of water.