The US Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a $3m contract to develop a preliminary design for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Program.
Work to be performed during the next six months by Bath Iron Works and Rolls-Royce includes the functional definition of the ship structure, systems and general arrangements of ship spaces.
The JHSV program is an effort between the army and the navy to acquire vessels for fast intra-theatre transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment.
The ship concept proposed by Bath Iron Works and Rolls-Royce is based on a Rolls-Royce design for a roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel.
The steel monohull design features a combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion plant, water jets, self-sustaining roll-on/roll-off and load-on/load-off capabilities, a large cargo area and a flight deck for helicopter operations.