A Two-Stage Littoral Warfare Ship System Design.
Technical rept. Jul-Dec 94,
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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A Systems Engineering approach to the development of a flexible warship system intended for littoral warfare is presented, followed by a description of the preliminary design of the ship shown by analysis to the most cost-effective. The requirements for the project reported were to consider the need to diversify the Navys current blue water fleet by adding a number of affordable vessels which can be tailored to accomplish specific objectives, as deemed necessary. The ships are to provide flexible response in littoral areas, under an Aegis-ship area air defense umbrella. A two-stage approach consisting of a mother ship carrying other surface and air craft was considered most effective. In this approach, the flexible, tailored nature of the response is provided by various kinds of daughter craft, permitting changing the loadout of the mother ship to respond to current or anticipated needs. The nature of the various daughter craft was arrived at in a previous course, this report concentrates primarily on the definition, feasibility studies and preliminary design of the mother ship.
- Marine Engineering