USS Taurus - Navy PHM Program
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"The USS Taurus was part of the US Navy's PHM program (Patrol Combatant-Missile Hydrofoil) which was intended to be the most mobile Navy unit in history. These boats were heavily armed, carrying a 76 mm gun mount and eight harpoon missiles, and they were incredibly fast and agile, topping out at 51 knots (58.7 mph). They were powered by a gas turbine engine similar to the one used on the DC-10 jumbo jet. They were most succesful intercepting smuggled shipments of drugs, because of their speed. The drug smugglers would call them, "the grey terror that flies," and even a rumor that the PHM craft were present was enough to keep the smugglers away." http://www.aae.uiuc.edu/cetan/

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davem, Dec 23, 2002
    • lockhughes
      see also:http://www.boatdesign.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1062
      :)
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      Nomad
      Wow!!!
    • blared
      Try mine too :) ...http://www.boatdesign.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4258/cat/500/ppuser/10071
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      Buildboats
      Yes Caysail islands off the keys... past me at midnight going balls to the walls in 1980's. was the fastest red light to come over the horizon I have ever seen.
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