MSHIPCO delivers innovative and cost effective solutions to the maritime industry by applying creative design and physical science with talented people in a work environment that inspires innovation, integrity, respect and responsibility.
MSHIPCO is an independent company formed to develop the innovative hull designs required for our 21st century Navy.
A decade ago, the U.S. Naval War College led by its President, the late Admiral Art Cebrowski, conducted an in-depth study of future anticipated naval conflicts. It was concluded that these would occur in coastal and restricted water ways (The Littorals) and not on the open seas as in the past. Our large capital ships had become obsolete as easily detectable by radar and destroyed by ship or shore based missiles. We now require a large fleet of small, agile craft designated Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The design and performance criteria for these vessels was established as:
MSHIPCO recognized that these could not be met by a reduced sized frigate with its high radar sensitive profile and the inherent speed limit of its traditional “displacement” hull. Therefore it sought a completely new hull form to meet these requirements. After extended testing, it was determined that the bow wave and wind on the bow which have restricted vessel speed could be recaptured and used for vessel lift and efficient planing on a forward moving aerated water cushion. This resulted in a broad-beamed low profile hull easily rendered radar stealthy.
After attaining proprietary right to this new hull form named the "M-hull® Technology," the company negotiated in 2004 with the Pentagon’s Office of Force Transformation to build an 88-foot prototype. This vessel successfully met all of the LCS criteria. It was delivered to the Navy in a little over 12 months at the fixed price of $5 million. The company elected to construct this hull of 100% carbon fiber to reduce weight and hull maintenance costs; also to reduce the risk of magnetic triggering of buried mines, a further important innovation. This vessel named the “Stiletto” has been operated by the Navy successfully over the past five years, used primarily to test a range of satellite and weapon systems.
MSHIPCO continues to respond to the new challenges evolving in our anticipated conflicts in the littorals for the 21st century.
- Chuck Robinson, 2013
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