Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CAW-1 Fast Patrol Craft

The CAW-1 is an 85’ Guardian Fast Patrol Craft owned by the Center for Asymmetric Warfare. The vessel can travel up to 33 knots and includes excellent sea keeping, spacious accommodations, an exceptionally large unobstructed weather deck, low maintenance, ease of repair, and milspec fire retardant double hulled fiberglass construction. The use of fiberglass sandwich core construction is employed in the manufacturing of the Guardian for increased insulation, sound-deading, vibration dampening, ease of maintenance, and extended service life.
The vessel measures 85’ in length, with a beam of 23’. The draft measures 5’6 and the mast height is 29’. The maximum speed of the vessel is 33 knots, and the patrol speed is 13 knots. The range at 33 knots is 470nm, and the range at 10 knots is 1700 nm. Towing is limited and the endurance of the vessel is 7+ days. It has a low speed troll valve and the propulsion is by 2 MTU World Engines 12V4000 series rated at 2735 hp each. The ship’s service generator’s are (2) 32kw Northern Lights, 120 volt with 208 VAC 3 phase shore power.
The fuel capacity is 3500 gallons and the water capacity is 550 gallons. The watermaker goes through 600 gallons per day, and the air-conditioning is provided by Cruisair.
In addition to space for 4 guests, a normal crew of 4, there is also an on-deck ready storage magazine for ammunition storage.
The CAW-1 also features an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and communications include (2) VHF, HF, SAT-phone. Electronics on the boat include Furuno FR-8111 radar portside, FR-8122 radar starboard side, 4’ array, 20’ off the water, X Band, 10 kw, 72 nm. It also includes Furuno GP-80 GPS, Raychart 435i, Furuno FCV-1100 fathometer, Raytheon loudhailer, and a Nobeltec navigational software.
The conning stations include an enclosed pilothouse with 270 degree visibility and open flybridge with 360 degree visibility. There are two bridge wing controls and internal arrangements include a separate galley and mess, two heads with showers, a two person stateroom, and a six person berthing compartment.
The crane is made by JABCO and can lift up to 930 lbs. while fully extended at 20’4”. Aft cockpit with swim platform allows for launching and recovering equipment off CAW-1 in a manner that requires less time and manpower.
With its speed, global back reach capability, and sophisticated electronics, the CAW-1 is a versatile Command and Communication platform which is ideal for testing new technologies.
The CAW is a federal government organization that was established in 1999 in recognition of the need to support US military forces and local/state/federal organizations in identifying, countering, and controlling the effects of Asymmetric Warfare (AW) in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The CAW since has established itself as a leader in its field.The CAW is committed to providing the best exercises, training, technology and education in an integrated environment in an effort to enable participants to achieve their goals and objectives. For more information about CAW-1, please contact us at cawcontacts@nps.edu.

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