The SWCM program was conceived as a medium-sized multirole patrol craft to transport SEALs, replacing the PB MkIII in the special-forces role. A class of 19 Surface Effect Ships was planned, and the leadship was ordered on in 1984. SWCM 1 suffered major design problems, which caused delays to the program, which in turn lead to the shipyard's bankrupcy. The Navy took possession of the incomplete ship on 7 January 1987 and placed it in a state of preservation, as seen here, for potential future completion. Although there were attempts to get the program back on track, the entire project was ultimately cancelled and replaced by the much more conventional Cyclone (PC 1) class. SWCM 1 was never completed, and the hulk was apparently scrapped by the Navy.
No correct answers were received. A partial-credit correct answer was submitted by Anthony Vella.
Back to the Mystery Pictures Main Page