June 14, 2004

HSV2 Swift completes heavy weather trials

USN HSV 2 Swift has successfully completed very comprehensive heavy weather sea trials in the North Atlantic. The achievement is a world first for a commercial based High Speed Craft (HSC), certified and operated in accordance with the HSC Code by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

HSV 2 Swift is a 98 meter Incat SeaFrame configured to U.S. Navy specifications. Designed by Revolution Design in Tasmania, Australia, and built by Incat Tasmania, HSV 2 Swift is contracted to the U.S. Navy, through Military Sealift Command by Bollinger Incat USA.

During an aggressive operational and experimental tempo, in a nine month period, HSV 2 Swift has transited parts of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Norwegian Sea. During this operational period, says Incat, HSV 2 SWIFT has performed to an exceptional standard and has impressed the US Navy Commands.

The late May 2004 North Atlantic heavy weather trials consisted of multiple numbers of dedicated trials in heavy weather during which the craft was carefully monitored by the U.S. Navy NAVSEA and NSWCCD community to ensure that the structure could satisfactorily endure extreme weather.

Bollinger Incat , Incat and Revolution Design executives and engineers visited HSV 2 Swift on its return to Little Creek, Va., after the rials and, together with U.S. Navy and ABS senior engineers conducted extensive ship's hull and superstructure surveys. Some minor super structure damage was found and there was no hull damage.

ABS engineers report the results as "outstanding" and have gained high regard for the quality of the design and construction quality behind Incat craft. ABS has been working very closely with Bollinger Incat USA, as the construction of similar Incat craft within the United States becomes closer.

Gary Davidson, Senior Design Engineer from Revolution Design reported: "The surveys conducted have been done to a very fine detail and with good knowledge of what the craft has been exposed to. We are very proud of the design and structure. The main structure has performed exceptionally well. There is some minor damage in the resiliently mounted non-structural superstructure".

Project Engineer Mark Bertucci, from Bollinger Incat USA confirmed that Bollinger Incat has been contracted by MSC (Military Sealift Command) to repair the minor damage and also confirmed that the appropriate crew are being mobilized immediately. Bertucci confirmed "We have a good working relationship with MSC and U.S. Navy as they work through test and evaluation of Incat craft and minor events like this are not considered uncommon when aggressive levels of experimentation with these craft necessarily take them to the limit and sometimes beyond,"

Darren Savoye, Bollinger Incat USA Program Manager commented: "This is an exciting business we are in and we are stimulated that Swift as a commercial craft, does much more than the U.S. Military expected. Following these trials, the U.S. Navy now realizes what it takes to adapt a commercial craft into a real mission U.S. Military Craft.This is an important lesson."

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