FIRST AUSTAL LCS JOINS US NAVY FLEET [read]
Austal USA has also begun construction of the first Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) which will be named "Fortitude" (JHSV 1). As Prime contractor, Austal will design and build up to 10 of the 103 metre JHSVs between now and FY13 – five for the US Navy and five for the US Army....
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Designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft... Significant advantages, not only in terms of increased capability, but also through vastly reduced operating costs over the life of the vessel.
Construction is already underway on Austal's second US Navy LCS, "Coronado" which is expected to be delivered in 2012. [more]
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