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HSV-X1 Joint Venture / IX 532

The US Army Vessel USAV Joint Venture HSV-X1 is a high-speed, wave piercing catamaran that is undergoing a joint-service experiment. The HSV-X1 was built and designed by Australian shipbuilders, and it has been leased by the Tank-Automotive and Armament Command under a charter contract with Bollinger/Incat USA, L.L.C. for more than $20,000,000, for up to two years.

MG William Mortensen, Chief of Transportation, adopted the concept. By 24 July 2001, the next Chief of Transportation, BG (P) Robert T. Dail, and the Commander of the TACOM signed a Memorandum of Agreement between the Army and Navy, Marine and Coast Guard commanders to sponsor as partners the administration of the High Speed Vessel, (HSV) X1 project, Joint Venture. The US Army executed a contract for High Speed Vessel HSV-X1, and accepted vessel delivery October 2001.

The Army and the Navy would each crew the vessel for six months a year. The Army provided a crew of thirty-three with CW4 William "Bill" Davis, the vessel master, and CW3 Rebecca Brashers, the first mate. The HSV was attached to the 24th Battalion for support.

The vessel underwent six weeks of technical and structural modifications to meet the military's requirements. Modifications included the building and installation of a helicopter pad suitable for large military helicopters such as the SH-60 Seahawk and the CH-46 Sea Knight. Incat also designed and constructed a two-part, hydraulically-operated vehicle ramp that allows rapid loading and discharge of vehicles from the stern or alongside it.

The HSV-X1 Joint Venture was leased by the Tank-Automotive and Armament Command. The US military signed a charter contract with Bollinger/Incat USA, L.L.C. for more than $20,000,000, for up to two years. TACOM will use the vessel to demonstrate its ability to perform specific mission scenarios and limited operational experiments and to move troops, heavy military vehicles and equipment.

The speed of the HSV can get troops into theater quicker. The speed of the HSV is phenomenal compared to the speed of the LSV. The Joint Venture High Speed Vessel can do 35-40 knots. The Army's current Logistics Support Vessel only averages about 12 knots. Some of the differences between the Joint Venture HSV-X1 and the Logistic Support Vessel is the HSV has more electronics on board. Computers run most of the systems on the boat. The HSV has the ability to push troops and a crew into theatre about four times as fast as the LSV.

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