Ongoing efforts against terrorism and in helping our partners' capabilities will require speed to overcome the "tyranny of distance," capacity to support distributed forces, and access to "partner in the brown and secure the green."1
These three capabilities are not new to naval forces. Currently the Navy is leasing the 98m wave-piercing, catamaran hulled, high-speed vessel (HSV-2) Swift, built by INCAT, Australia. This is the only maritime platform in operation with all three capabilities in one vessel. While much of the Navy leadership has yet to fully comprehend what it can do with this powerful mix, the warfighters and geographic combatant commanders have already been using it enthusiastically.
The Swift has proven to be fast and extremely adaptable, able to meet a wide range of mission needs. Requirements for the U.S.-built version, the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV), could potentially deliver a more costly ship that could be less versatile than the vessel in operation today.