Accession Number : ADD000716

Title :   Method of and Means for Launching and Beaching a Strictly Waterborne Surface Effect Ship.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Benson,Jeffrey L

Report Date : 24 Jan 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The patent application relates to a device to enable a strictly waterborne rigid sideboard vehicle to be launched and beached without the need for a dry dock. A temporary readily attachable and detachable flexible and inflatable skirt is added to the bottom peripheral portions of the two downwardly extending hard structure opposing sidewalls which define the cushion cavity. The skirt is equipped with holes or open fingers to enable pressurized air therein to bleed out and lubricate the skirt/ground interface. When the vehicle is returned to the water the temporary detachable skirt is removed.

Descriptors :   *Surface effect ships, *Skirts, Plenum chambers, Inflatable structures, Amphibious ships, Patents

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE