SOUTHCOM Report Touts Performance of Stiletto Counterdrug Ship

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An internal study prepared by U.S. Southern Command for Pentagon leaders touts the performance of an unorthodox ship called Stiletto that could change the face of counterdrug operations in littoral waters, Inside the Pentagon has learned.

Defense officials are already planning more testing for the ship as well as another deployment to SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility in 2009, according to Capt. Jim Hruska, a transformation strategist with the Defense Department. The ship will conduct “experimentation of technologies in the Norfolk, VA, area for both DOD and non-DOD organizations for the next couple of months,” he told ITP yesterday in a statement.

The ship’s operational evaluation this summer “clearly” demonstrated its utility and value as “an enabler of innovation” and as a counterdrug asset, according to the internal report, which recommends more tests, further use of the ship in counterdrug missions and specific improvements for the vessel.

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