CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- A Congressional delegation visited Stiletto, a high-speed, carbon fiber-reinforced craft being tested with Navy expeditionary forces and U.S. Special Operations Command and currently operating out of the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Aug. 29.
“I think the visit went very well, and the visitors enjoyed the ride and got a lot of information,” said Frank G. Wakeham, project manager for operational experimentation of Stiletto. “They seem to be intrigued with Stiletto and impressed with what we have done.”
Stiletto is the first and largest carbon fiber boat built in the United States and is an Office of Force Transformation (OFT) initiative jointly sponsored by OFT and Special Operations Command. Its unique “M-Hull” channels water underneath the craft, providing lift and reducing drag, shock and wake.
The hull is constructed of a strong, lightweight carbon fiber material that lightens structural weight, increases vessel, payload fraction and operational cargo and lowers maintenance costs.
“We were very pleased to host the Congressman and his delegation and I think they were able to glean useful information from their visit to Stiletto,” said Capt. Neil R. Parrott, Stiletto project officer from the Office of Force Transformation.
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Article By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rialyn C. Rodrigo, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific