As an M1A1 Abrams tank roared across a giant aluminum ramp, atop a motion simulator that mimicked crashing waves, the
The advanced ramp would provide significant improvement over the JHSV's current ramp by allowing the loading or unloading of people and combat vehicles--in rougher ocean conditions than are currently possible--between a JHSV and another ship, pier, mobile landing platform or more.
"The knowledge we have gained in designing this ramp is going to be vital for successful future deployment of personnel and equipment," said Dr.
The Commandant of the
"You are looking at the new 'John the Baptist' of ship-to-shore connectivity," he joked in a speech at an
"Right now we have a lot of data analysis and reporting to consider," said Dr.
"This gets us to a place we've never been before, in terms of at-sea transfer of vehicles between ships."
In either case, officials said at the demonstration, ONR's work will play a key role in whatever direction is ultimately decided for the JHSV ramp.
JHSV is a new class of all-aluminum swift ships, intended to meet requirements for shallow water deployment of personnel, combat vehicles or other supplies and equipment as needed. The vessels can transport approximately 600 tons at an average speed of 35 knots, and are designed to operate in challenging ports and waterways.
Officials will use the analysis of the ramp demonstration to help determine ramp requirements for existing JHSVs, as well as for future vessels.
The ONR ramp program was done in partnership with the
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