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HSV 2 Swift

Incat constructed another 98 meter craft, hull 061, for US military operations. Military Sealift Command, Washington, DC leased the craft from Bollinger/Incat USA to support US Navy Mine Warfare Command.

HSV 2 Swift, a high-speed catamaran, was chartered by MSC to serve as an interim replacement for the mine warfare command and control ship, USS Inchon. Capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots, Swift will operate as a test platform to fine-tune high-speed vessel technology and tactics. As a bare-boat charter, Swift will use U.S. Navy crews who will transport and launch a variety of small craft and equipment from the vessel in order to explore possibilities in the mine warfare mission.

Concurrently, Swift will be used as a demonstration platform for a series of experiments, exercises and training events for the Naval Warfare Development Center and the U.S. Marine Corps.

On 03 January 2005 the High Speed Vessel Two (HSV-2) "Swift" left its homeport of Naval Station Ingleside, Texas to support Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. Swift responded on short notice to meet the needs of the humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.




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