Thanks to the tip from Ken for this item:
"The U.S. Navy is quietly building a big, secretive special operations 'mothership'"
I am not so sure it is neither a "secret" or "secretive"!
Commercial ocean-going vessel at this very moment being configured for naval special operations units. LEASED!
"The U.S. Navy is quietly converting a 633-foot-long cargo ship into a secretive helicopter carrier with facilities for supporting a large contingent of Special Operations forces and all their gear, including jet skis."
And here it all is in the proverbial NUTSHELL:
"With budgets shrinking and the cost of new warships going up, up, up, the Navy is trying out a lot of methods for maintaining America's sea presence — cheaply."
CHEAPLY BUT NOT INEFFECTIVELY!
"Cragside's $35-million annual cost is nothing to sneeze at, but it's still less pricey than designing and building a new warship from scratch — provided the Navy's lease lasts only a decade or so. After 20 years of use, it probably becomes cheaper to own a support ship than to rent one."
Compare that annual cost with the amount of money as needed for one Zumwalt class destroyer [$7 billion USD].
And you can see results much quicker too. That ship is needed NOW for global force projection.