The Navy built one prototype of a class of small, inexpensive ships backed by Vice Adm. Arthur Cebrowski in 2001 and which I wrote about Friday. Last Monday, NASA used it to retrieve an experimental space capsule heat shield off the coast of North Carolina following a rocket launch from Wallops Island, Va.
The sole Stiletto is operated by the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Va., out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Besides the NASA missions it has been deployed on a couple of counternarcotics operations in the Caribbean.
I think the Navy wishes the Stiletto would go away. It cost $6 million, and no Admiral wants to hoist his flag on a ship whose cost amounts to a rounding error.
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