New hybrid speedboat/submarine, intended for maritime SOF, begins underwater trials | SOFREP

According to a report from IHS Jane’s Navy International, a new maritime platform intended for special operations forces (SOF), and designed and built by SubSea Craft, has begun undersea trials as of mid-September 2017.  The Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) was displayed at the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, UK, from September 12-15, 2017.

Jane’s reports that the DDU performed surface trials in mid-2017, demonstrating its stability when operating at high speeds, but had yet to perform sub-surface operations prior to these undersea trials.  Such capability is critical for this hybrid craft, as it is advertised to have this capability in order to function as an insertion platform for SOF.

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