Haze Gray Mystery Picture #107 Answer


Can You Identify This Ship?

This is the incomplete hull of the SWCM 1, the cancelled leadship of the defunct "Sea Viking" class special warfare craft.

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

This section of the HG&UW site created and maintained by Andrew Toppan.
Copyright © 2003, Andrew Toppan. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.