The Navy 3KSES acquisition program will demonstrate the feasibility of surface-effect ship (SES) technology for large oceangoing ships and will provide an assessment of its operational utility as a warship. Rohr Marine, Inc., was awarded a contract in 1976 to complete the design of the ship, validate at full scale the performance of major ship system elements, and prepare for the construction and ultimate test and evaluation trials of the ship. This paper provides an overview of the 3KSES program and details on the current design of the test ship. Performance capabilities are shown and design features are addressed by major SWBS weight groups. The warship potentials of the SES are treated at the end of the paper, including a glimpse of a frigate-sized combatant.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Annual Meeting, New York, New York, November 10-12, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • McGhee, G D
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM