The general characteristics, design features, predicted performance, and construction highlights of the 190-ton Stable Semisubmerged Platform (SSP) are presented. The SSP is the first large manned version waterplane area. The SSP was designed to provide an order-of-magnitude improvement in motion reduction over monohulls, as well as provide more deck space and internal volume. The SSP is 89-feet long and has an expected top operating speed of 25 knots with about 44 tons of payload and fuel. Design of the SSP features two parallel torpedo-like hulls which support an above-water cross structure by means of four vertical surface-piercing struts; two canard fins are located near the hull bows and a cross stabilizing fin is located near the hull sterns. The SSP was constructed at the Coast Guard Shipyard at Curtis Bay, Md.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at meeting, Nov. 11-15, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Lang, T G
    • Hightower, J D
    • Strickland, A T
  • Publication Date: 1973-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054025
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: #73-WA/OCT-2 Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM