Weighing 1,500 tonnes, the 262-ft long X-Craft, designed by Southampton-based BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, is the largest catamaran ever to be built in the
The all-aluminium ship, officially named Sea Fighter, will be used as an experimental platform to evaluate the hydrodynamic performance, structural behaviour and efficiency of high-speed vessel technology. Designed specifically for use in litoral, or coastal, regions, the ship’s innovative modular design makes it suitable for a wide range of missions including minesweeping, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious assault support, and assistance with humanitarian aid.
The hull form was specially developed to enable helicopters to land and take-off in all conditions up to sea state five. Two helicopters can be accommodated on the upper deck, while a ramp at the craft’s stern allows boats up to 10m long to be launched and recovered.
The ship is propelled by waterjets, driven by gas turbines for high-speed operation and diesel engines for low-speed cruising.
Nigel Gee, managing director of the
This July X-Craft will travel to