maximum sustained speed

maximum sustained speed

In road transport, the highest speed at which a vehicle, with its rated payload, can be driven for an extended period on a level first-class highway without sustaining damage.
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With a 32.65 metre length and a 6.2 metre beam deep-vee hull, the Mk V version is powered by two MTU 16V2000 diesels driving MJP or KaMeWa waterjets, allowing for a dash speed of 40 knots and a maximum sustained speed of 35 knots.
Intensifying during the day as it neared, the storm's winds reached a maximum sustained speed of 65 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 80 kph as of Friday night.
One mission requires a maximum sustained speed of only 15 knots.
Navy submarines, aircraft carriers, cruisers, and destroyers have maximum sustained speeds of more than 30 knots, but their average speeds over longer transits in some cases might be closer to 25 knots or less due rough sea conditions or, in the case of the cruisers or destroyers, which are conventionally powered, the need slow down for at-sea refueling.
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