Navy To Procure Five Boeing PHM Hydrofoils Costing $282.1 Million

The U.S. Department of Defense has authorized the Navy to procure five production versions of the PHM (Patrol Hydrofoil Missileship) under an appropriation of $282.1 million. Delivery of the first vessel in this production program is expected from The Boeing Company, Seattle, Wash. 98124, in 1980. The 235- ton PHM was designed by Boeing "for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization navies. West Germany and Italy have participated in the NATO PHM program.

The Boeing Company recently announced that it will be demonstrating this spring the Flying Princess, a fully submerged-foil water jet-powered hydrofoil, in Europe. The 112-ton Flying Princess is a commercial hydrofoil similar in its equipment and technology to the PHM.

The Flying Princess will arrive in Copenhagen in early March. After activation, it will proceed to Germany, Sweden, Norway and England, during its two-month demonstration trip. Following the demonstration tour, it is expected to be placed in commercial ferry service on the English Channel. As configured, the full capacity of the Flying Princess is 234 passengers.

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