US Military Vessel on Goodwill Mission to Haiti – Bajan Reporter safe & sound after prank, Navy experiments with Tasmanian drafted wave-piercing catamaran

All's well that ends well - All smiles after posed prank picture, no hard feelings

L to R: Officer Mulligan, you know who & Officer Jones. All's well that ends well - All smiles after posed prank picture, no hard feelings

First of all, I was not pelted in the brig nor clapped in irons, okay? I saw the two Security detail for the vessel that day when the Port’s Day Campers were about to disembark and then I got a wicked idea for the tour’s finale which seemed hilarious – can you not see my face is in “mock” horror? One guy thinks I’m being silly while the other wants to share in on the joke… Americans call this a “photobomb” I think?

Children shown some of the supplies earmarked for Haiti

Children shown some of the supplies earmarked for Haiti

In reality, the exploration of the vessel was very capably done by Officers Jones & Mulligan who separated the Day Campers in two groups for ease of maneuverability. This catamaran actually started as a passenger ship in 2003 and was forged at the island of Tasmania off of Australia.

At left is Officer Jones in Navy fatigues and to the right is Officer Mulligan, this is the deck of the Swift which does not carry helicopters but can land such aircraft when required.

At left is Officer Jones in Navy fatigues and to the extreme right is Officer Mulligan, this is the deck of the Swift which does not carry helicopters, but can land such aircraft when required.

The bits of evidence to support that were the airline type seats in the aft of the ship and the fact the stairs were not so steep as most UK or USA military seafarers, apart from loads of carpeting which they constantly have to clean from odours as the crew venture in all types of terrain and in all weathers.

This particular wave-cutter does not leave HSV 2, do you se the emblem tattooed on it? Looks like Jack Sparrow's flag from Pirates Of The Caribbean.

This particular wave-cutter does not leave HSV 2, do you see the emblem tattooed on it? Looks like Jack Sparrow's flag from Pirates Of The Caribbean.

While the Marines on board were busy holding seminars, we got to view the innards of HSV Swift, its maximum speed with no cargo is about 42 knots but the average speed is 25 knots and even that is jarring for the most seasoned veteran on board the boat! The wave piercing is for travel and does not bear in mind the 80 to 90 humans on board.

This reminds me of an aquatic Stealth Bomber for some reason

This reminds me of an aquatic Stealth Bomber for some reason

One of the Swift‘s other purposes during its stay to the end of August is to send much needed equipment to Haiti including medical gear like wheelchairs via the Navy’s Handclasp program.

Officer Mulligan explains the use of these wave-cutters to the Port Day Campers

Officer Mulligan explains the use of these wave-cutters to the Port Day Campers

They will also train Coast Guard here how to use the dinghy wave cutters you may see while taking an island cruise on the Harbour Master, the local teams are making sure no fights broke out on board – but they had to learn how to steer same as to learn how to drive cars and the Swift’s personnel are instructors.

The guards are about to restore the oilcloth used to protect the Browning from the elements, it was drizzling that day

The guards are about to restore the oilcloth used to protect the Browning from the elements, it was drizzling that day

The ship is made of aluminum and therefore not hardcore military status, what the Navy will possibly do if they use wave-piercers is to construct them with titanium or tungsten-carbide hulls. However, don’t think the Swift is without teeth – they have two Browning machine guns with .50 caliber bullets!

Piece of metal which used in creating the vessel cut into shape of Tasmania where it was forged in the first place

Piece of metal which was used in creating the vessel cut into shape of Tasmania where it was forged in the first place

The most action the vessel sees is once when a fishing vessel came close and they fired a flare as a warning shot for the smaller boat to cease its unauthorised observation.

HSV means High Speed Vessel - and that motion is advantageous to ferry goods for Port-Au-Prince

HSV means High Speed Vessel - and that motion is advantageous to ferry goods for Port-Au-Prince

The kids were really fascinated by the ship and were sorry to leave when we circled the ship which is actually very compact, that’s why the tour was short.

The counsellors and Port Day Campers disembarking from HSV 2 Swift on a rather drizzly day

The counsellors and Port Day Campers disembarking from HSV 2 Swift on a rather drizzly day

It was fun learning that Mulligan doubles as the ship’s legal officer and also does security detail while Officer Jones adores Rihanna and likes to watch True Blood! A great time was had by all for sure!

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