Following is an excerpt from the USS SWIFT (HSV 2) Visit Report:
The USS SWIFT is a 321 foot high speed wave-piercing catamaran constructed of aluminum and is capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots (53 MPH). She is manned by a crew of 42 persons operating in a Blue & Gold rotation. At this time she is assigned as a Mine Warfare Support Ship, however she also participates in various other assignments in support of various military missions. Recent operations have included Tsunami relief in Southeast Asia, counter drug operations in the Caribbean, and the recent joint forces training in Panama. The weapons systems on the vessel are maintained by a single First Class Gunners Mate (E-6) supervised by the ship’s Bos’n.
The USS SWIFT purchased one MK19 40MM cover
(P/N: 113064) directly from Shield Technologies Corp. in May 2005 and placed it on their MK45/EX-45 40MM gun mount on the after port side of the flight deck. In June 2005 the ship was provided with two Twin .50 Cal covers (P/N: 113050) as part of the Navy wide delivery contract. The ship is on the list to receive four single .50 Cal. Covers (P/N: 113046) in the next several weeks and has also expressed a strong desire to purchase a MK96 25MM cover when they go into production.
The SWIFT has various gun mounts around the exterior of the ship…
From: Pelon, Steve A CWO4 BOSN (Blue Crew)
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 12:49 PK
To: James Oaks, Envelop Covers
Subject: HSV 2 SWIFT 50 Cal Gun Cover/MK45 (EX45)Gun Cover
I am writing in regards to our 50 Cal Gun Covers and their shown durability aboard HSV 2. We average 40 knots of relative wind on a daily basis when we are transiting from oparea to oparea and your covers have held up to the challenge. During our latest deployment to the Panama Ops area we encountered winds in excess of 60 knots on two occasions with rain, and seas hitting the covers very hard. Still no damage. They recently were up and in position for 19 consecutive underway days. During this time it rained on a daily basis (heavily), reached winds exceeding 40 knots once again, sea spray, humidity, and heat index temps of over 105 degrees. The covers have held with “Zero” damage since we received them in May of this year as well as lowering/making pms requirements on an easier level.
On our MK 45/EX-45 we asked for a cover that could withstand high winds, salt water, rain, heat from our stacks, and continual soot spray. Once again your cover met the challenge. This cover takes more abuse then any cover we have on board and has not given in the slightest. It is up during flight operations, underway, and in port but has yet to show a stitch of give. This cover also went through a 30 day dry docking availability where sand blasting, painting, and weather (i.e. humidity, heat index over 100, etc.) were huge factors daily. Cleaning the cover is as easy as described using soap and water.
We on board SWIFT want to thank you for providing us with a product which is living up to what it has advertised. We look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you.
CWO4 Steve Pelon
HSV-2 SWIFT INGLECREW