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Vice Adm. Willy Hilarides: Navy Eyes Commercial Ship Propulsion Tech

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The U.S. Navy is mulling over an idea to install commercial components in a new amphibious assault ship or a modified version of a transport doc, DoD Buzz reported Sunday.

Kris Osborn writes Navy officials are considering whether to adapt new versions of the LSD 41/49 or a modified LPD 17 San Antonio Class amphibious dock for the future LXR ship.

Vice Adm. Willy Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, told the publication the Navy is eyeing a commercial ship propulsion technology for the LXR.

Shipbuilding professionals have begun looking into potential ship designs and technical attributes for the LXR under the Analysis of Alternatives phase, according to the report.

Hilarides told DoD Buzz the process is intended to review issues about the ship’s resistance to shock, vibration and damage, as well as its weapons and propulsion systems.

He proposed development of a propulsion train based on military requirements or an armored box in the ship’s front with an eight-knot motor in order to address those demands, reports DoD Buzz.

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