Composite Ships: Building a New Paradigm

It took about 12 months to build a single composite hulled, Osprey-class Minehunter at a Gulfport, Mississippi-based facility in the 1990s. After Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) acquired the site, the company decided to use the facility to work simultaneously on four all composite Coast Guard Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) and delivered four or five per year, while fabricating deck-houses, masts and other large composite structures for several additional programs. NGSS's transformation of the shipbuilding facility coincides with a recent shift toward composite structures in naval applications. In part because their benefits were not fully understood or appreciated, composites saw limited military application prior to the current decade. Today, the benefits of greater speed, reduced weight and the inherent corrosion resistance of the materials have prompted more composites applications. Major maritime programs with composite-intensive structures include the FRC, the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship and the U.S. Navy's DD(X) destroyer.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 60-63
  • Serial:
    • Composites Technology
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Gardner Publications Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1083-4117

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  • Accession Number: 01004555
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2005 9:35AM