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Surface Navy 2017: USN's flexible ship concept to be implemented into Future Surface Combatant

12 January 2017

Key Points

  • USN will pursue flexible ship concept to ensure future surface fleet remains combat relevant
  • Flexibility in design will be a key component of the navy's Future Surface Combatant

The US Navy (USN) needs to pursue the concept of flexible ships to ensure that its surface fleet remains combat relevant and can maintain high operational availability, a USN official told the Surface Navy Association annual symposium.

Speaking on 11 January at the event in Arlington, Virginia, Glen Sturtevant, director of science and technology for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), said that the navy is exploring a multitude of ways to get the full operational service-life out of its hulls.

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