Just watched a special on the newest warship to have San Diego as its homeport. Its a 1000 ton aluminium catamaran that is capable of 60 knots
Powered by 2 diesels for routine cruising ,it kicks up to 2 gas turbine engines to really get it moving.(each turbine giving 33,600 HP )
The interesting part of the show ,was it's use of 11 metre ribs as an integral part of its capabilities.
The ship is constructed with a special roll out ramp at the stern which can deploy a RIB even at high speed. Looked pretty impressive.
Being tested as a joint venture by the Navy and Coastguard,it is seen as the future for drug/illegal alien/terrorist intradiction.
Recovery also is conducted at high speed (well as fast as the rib can go).The rib is run up the lowered ramp while a loading loop attached to the RIB is thrown over a "sampson post" on the ramp. This then retracts and pulls the rib back on board.
On the boat schematic, showed 1 rib on the ramp with space for two more ready to deploy.
Conducting trials off San Diego; but dont think I can catch it for a photo
Well, maybe in the Bay before it picks up speed!