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HIGH SPEED LIGHTERAGE ASSULT CONNECTOR JOINT SEABASED THEATRE ACCESS WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 9-10 2005 Dan McCluskey NAVFACHQ.

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1 HIGH SPEED LIGHTERAGE ASSULT CONNECTOR JOINT SEABASED THEATRE ACCESS WORKSHOP FEBRUARY Dan McCluskey NAVFACHQ

2 2 Agenda Current Lighterage Future Lighterage Requirements Seabasing Requirements R&D Efforts Questions

3 3 Current Lighterage NL - Legacy –Speed – 3 Kts –Capacity – 205 LT –<1 ft freeboard INLS 2005 to 2025 –Speed – 10 Kts –Capacity – 300+ LT –4 ft freeboard

4 4 Future Lighterage Requirements N42/N75 tasked Sealift Support Program Office (SSPO) to evaluate next generation lighterage to support MPF(F) and SeaBase

5 5 SEABASING REQUIREMENTS Transport 1 Mechanized Battalion Landing Team to the beach in an 8 hr period from a distance of between 25 and 100 nm. Joint Operations Area SPO D APO D Strategic Airlift Strategic Sealift Strategic Airlift Strategic Sealift High Speed Sealift (HSS) High Speed Connectors (HSC) Shuttle Ships Austere SPODs Sea Base leverages forward deployed, pre-positioned, and surge force posture. Arrive ready with scalable air, maritime, and ground forces on accelerated timelines. Advanced Base Military/Commercial Re-supply CONUS Sea Base Intermediate Log Source Heavy Lift Aircraft Surface Air Future-TBD INTER-THEATER CONNECTORS (CONUS-SEABASE) INTRA-THEATER CONNECTORS (ADV BASE-SEABASE)

6 6 Lighterage R&D Efforts Need to increase lighterage speed –Speed requirements need to be determined based on distance and number of craft to be carried Study conducted by NSWCCD Combatant Craft to increase speed of INLS causeway ferries –Study completed Oct 04 –Approaches Increased main propulsion power Change from 360 o waterjet to conventional propellers Reduce wave making resistance - bow shape improvement Reduce frictional resistance - air cushion options

7 7 Lighterage R&D Efforts Analysis – Larger Main Engines –Increasing the engines from 800 hp to 1200 hp will increase the speed approximately 1 knot

8 8 Lighterage R&D Efforts Analysis – Change to Conventional Propellers –More efficient than waterjets –Will increase speed by about ½ knot

9 9 Lighterage R&D Efforts Analysis – Reduce Resistance Friction –Frictional resistance is only a small portion of total resistance –Large resistance due to gaps between the modules Total Resistance Frictional Resistance

10 10 Need to reduce total resistance by using air cushion hull form –Partial Air Cushion Support Catamaran (PACSCAT) chosen Designed for Moderate Speed and Moderate Payload vice High Speed Low Payload for other concepts (ie surface effect ships) Concept designs used same dimensions as INLS Would require hull shape redesign Analysis then Model Testing of PACSCAT INLS Lighterage R&D Efforts

11 11 Lighterage R&D Efforts PACSCAT Model Testing of Modified INLS Hull Shape

12 12 Lighterage R&D Efforts Results of Model Testing –Speed at full load increased by only 1 knot using PACSCAT technology At full load, the PACSCAT was operating at too high a cushion pressure Large resistance caused by gaps between modules. Future would require methods to cover gaps –Larger craft (92’ X 28’) would reduce cushion pressure and increase speed

13 13 Future R&D Efforts Determine seabasing mission requirements re speed and payload Evaluate single hulled craft vice connected barges Look at various methods to increase speed to meet mission requirements, ie hull form, propulsion Look at various options to launch, ie FLO/FLO, LO/LO, Preposition Evaluate INLS Floating Causeway as a portable/beachable pier to permit offload of intra-theater connectors near the beach without requiring an intermediary platform Continuation of a multiyear SBIR contract –Concept Development and Design –Prototype Detailed Design –Prototype Production and Test

14 14 Questions


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