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Posted on 03/26/2012 8:45:26 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Ingalls Shipbuilding Highlighting Patrol Frigate Derivative of National Security Cutter at DIMDEX
DOHA, Qatar, Mar 26, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries /quotes/zigman/4475302/quotes/nls/hii HII +1.84% will participate in Doha's International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) this week, highlighting the new patrol frigate derivative of the company's proven U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter. The patrol frigate could be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
"The Ingalls patrol frigate design has already proven its seaworthiness in U.S. Coast Guard service," said Dan Holloway, HII's corporate vice president for customer relations. "Our analysis has shown there are foreign navies with requirements for patrol frigate capabilities and that this particular design will address naval multi-mission needs. The patrol frigate's technologically advanced ship features, coupled with Ingalls' experienced workforce and active construction line, will generate an affordable platform for a variety of potential customers."
In addition to its patrol frigate, Ingalls will highlight its long history of maintenance and overhaul support to the U.S. Navy, as well as its successful experience as one of the primary builders of DDG 51 destroyers.
Ingalls has delivered three National Security Cutters to the Coast Guard, and two more ships are currently under construction.
There are two patrol frigate variants: Patrol Frigate 4501 and Patrol Frigate 4921.
Patrol Frigate 4501 is closely aligned with the basic National Security Cutter hull with limited design changes. The ships are 127 meters (418 feet) long with a 16.5 meter (54 feet) beam and
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The USN NEEDS 100 of these, along with 40 diesel subs, to augment the EXISTING fleet.
28 knots won’t keep up with carriers.
Carriers transit at 16-18 knots and rarely patrol above 20.
Still, that's the role of the Burke Class DDG and Aegis CG.
One could deploy this Frigates in groups of 2-4, sometimes with a DDG or CG and keep an eye on a helluva lot more ocean that we do today.
With advanced systems, 76-mm Gun, torpedoes and 12 Tubes of VLS (you can put anything in those), you have a formidable little Frigate for a reasonable price.
The USN has two missions: Strike and Sea Control.
These little babies are about Sea Control.