18 October 2008
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I found nowhere a proper illustration for the "Streetfighter" concept of Cebrowski and Hughes (from about 1999-2001)

Searches for "Cebrowski" and "Streetfighter" were total fails even in this forum.

Here's what I mean:

I hope that we can udig a bit more about this concept that eventually led to the LCS.
The November 1999 USNI Proceedings with the "Rebalancing the Fleet" article by Cebrowski and Hughes that kicked off the Streetfighter concept include another article in the same vein, called "a COmbatant for the Littorals" by Lieutenant Commander Dave Weeks. THat article describved the vessel that Cebrowski et al clearly considered to be their first cut on the Streetfighter concept. The article is online to Institute members, here: The article describes mission capabilities but doesn't include an actual line drawing or similarly detailed design.

There were several somewhat later design studies that were done in response to the Streetfighter concept. For example, the Naval postgraduate School's Total Ship Systems Engineering program did a design study of a "Sea Lance" combatant clearly driven by the Streetfighter concept. (Not surprising given that Wayne Hughes was the head of the TSSE program at the time) That study can be found here:

I can think of two ships actually built that are related to Streetfighter:

1) Sea Fighter, aka X-Craft, FSF-1, and LSC(X). This actually predates Streetfighter as an inshore logistics platform for the Marines but was "reimagined" as a testbed of Streetfighter type modular systems

2) M80 Stiletto, funded by Cebrowski's Office of Force Transformation as basically the last gasp for his concept of extremely small combatant type vessels
"Streetfighter" concept painting of a corvette-sized littoral combatant that appeared in The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (Seventeenth Edition, 2001) by Norman Polmar. From a painting by Jim Stilphen.


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Hmmm, looks a lot like civil war ironclad in the vain of the Virginia.

I thought the Stiletto was still an ongoing project for SF insertion / extraction?
Via, here's a promotional video on the M80, this one aimed primarily at the USCG/Homeland Security:
Navy Playing with the Stiletto (EagleSpeak blog)​


From the Fifth Column:
Uploaded on Mar 7, 2010

The M80 Stiletto is a prototype naval ship manufactured by the M Ship Company as an operational experiment for the Pentagons Office of Force Transformation. It is an example of the next generation of military vessels that combines new materials (carbon fiber) with a networked architecture and a breakthrough hull design.

The M80 Stiletto is now under the command of the Department of Defense and has participated in Trident Warrior joint-force exercises as well as tests conducted by the U.S. Navy SEALs off the California coast.

Although not intended to become operational, the Stiletto was deployed to Colombia to help fight the U.S. war on drugs and made a high-speed, shallow-water drug interdiction that resulted in the capture of 1,800 lbs. of cocaine.

The Stiletto is a radical new hull platform that was developed for high-speed military missions in the shallow water areas of the littoral, near-shore waters in support of USN (ret) Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowskis vision of a brown-water navy for expeditionary combat in the 21st century. No other hull compares to its speed, ride quality, payload capability and unmanned vehicle support.

The Stiletto, a twin M-hull vessel, is 88 ft in length with a 40 ft beam, providing a rectangular deck area equivalent to a conventional displacement craft 160 ft in length. The vessel's draft fully loaded is 3 feet and is designed for a speed of 50-60 knots.

Its superior performance is based on M Ship Co.'s proprietary, globally patented M-hull® technology, recapturing the bow wave and using its energy to create an air cushion for more efficient planing. This is critical for the Navy SEALS and other Special Operations Forces, because it reduces the G-forces and related injuries these personnel are subjected to during training and on missions.

M Ship Co. designed and constructed the vessel, which is made solely of carbon fiber for reduced weight and increased stiffness, the largest vessel ever built in the U.S. of this advanced material. It was delivered to the Office of Force Transformation to establish scalability of the M-hull® technology.

The M80 Stiletto and similar designs may be purchased by government and military agencies from M Ship Co. under a no-bid, sole-source acquisition contract.
If such a ship is used operationally, I can only think of tactics similar to those of nuclear submarines,
"speed and drift". even if stealthy, that wake and fountain of spray certainly isn't !
Triton said:
"Streetfighter" concept painting of a corvette-sized littoral combatant that appeared in The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (Seventeenth Edition, 2001) by Norman Polmar. From a painting by Jim Stilphen.

Another view (via Military Stories) :


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