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Watch Safehaven Marine's Stealthy New High-Speed Interceptor In Action
Back in July, U.S. Central Command tweeted a gnarly photo of Gen. Joseph Votel cruising aboard a Combatant Craft Assault boat, the stealthy multi-role watercraft designed to replace U.S. Special Operations Command’s smaller MkV Special Operations Craft and Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats for “inserting and extracting SOF in low-to-medium threat environment,” according to an unclassified SOCOM briefing. It’s a great shot of the CENTCOM chief rolling deep in the waters off the UAE coast doing his best impression of Col. William Guile's jet-black interceptor from the 1994 live-action disaster Street Fighter.
U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander United States Central Command rides in a Combatant Craft Assault (CCA) boat, July 21, 2017. Votel participated in the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) component commanders demonstration, where he had the opportunity to ride on a CCA boat and participate in a small arms firing session.Photo via DoD/CENTCOM
But while SOCOM has lauded the lovely speedboat as a “modern, clandestine, agile, adaptive, and operationally capable maritime craft,” new footage of defense contractor Safehaven Marine’s much-hyped new interceptor, well, blows the CCA clean out of the water. On Sept. 28, Seahaven Marine posted a brief video of its much-anticipated Barracuda interceptor craft conducting high-speed boarding trials alongside an Irish Navy vessel, cruising alongside the target craft at a blistering 20 knots:
In development since 2013, the Barracuda was engineered specifically for subterfuge with an extremely low radar cross section, operating with “a very significantly reduced degree of visibility to an adversary’s radar” through radar-reflective paneling and a unique below-decks design, according to the company. With a capable maximum speed of more than 40 knots and space for up to 16 crew, the Barracuda is certainly an appealing craft for force projection and security. And she certainly packs a wallop, too, rocking either a remote-controlled, gyroscopically-stabilized 12.7mm machine gun or a manned motorized 7.62mm gun turret concealed below decks.
Layout of the 11m, low-RCS Barracuda
When Seahaven Marine first unveiled the Barracuda in 2015, the company announced its intent to market the sleek new interceptor to NATO-aligned naval and law enforcement agencies. And while the company has only publically announced deliveries of the Barracuda to the Port of Pool Harbor and maritime solutions firm P&O; Maritime, the jet-black military-style iteration of the vessel would look damn good flitting alongside an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer.
The Barracuda high-speed, low-RCS interceptor from Seahaven MarinePhoto via Seahaven Marine
SOCOM may choose to stick with the CCA for the immediate future, but perhaps the vessel can help fill the gap that made the half interceptor, half submersible HyperSub so appealing during the Navy and Marine Corps’ Ship-To-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017 back in April.
Task & Purpose has reached out to CENTCOM to see if Gen. Votel loves this stealth boat as much as the CCA.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.