surface-effect ship


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surface-effect ship

[′sər·fəs i¦fekt ‚ship]
(mechanical engineering)
A transportation device with fixed side walls, which is supported by low-pressure, low-velocity air and operates on water only.
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Stitt noted that Textron's advanced aluminum production lines give the company an edge in manufacturing technology, but he views the surface-effect ship as a "high-risk" design that the Navy may not be willing to take.
Interest in surface-effect ships also seems to be reviving, and yet, in the United States, the DD-21 programme may create a new kind of surface combatant.
The Skjold-Class Fast-Patrol Boats are stealth surface-effect ships with a top service speed of 60 knots.
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