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The multi-service high speed vessel, HSV-X1 Joint Venture pulls into the port of Souda Bay, Crete, on Apr 3, 2002. The 315-foot-long experimental craft is a wave-piercing catamaran capable of 45 knots and is currently being operated by joint U.S. Army and U.S. Navy personnel. Joint Venture’s naval employments include replenishment and re-supply at sea, special operations insertion and redeployment, reconnaissance, command and control, anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, humanitarian assistance and evacuation, surface warfare and force protection. This ship has served a deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom, spending time around the Horn of Africa, the region containing the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Author: U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.