Stable Offshore Platforms Planned By Navy For Aircraft Training Exercises

Small stable semisubmersible platforms, moored at deep-ocean sites, are essential to the development of advanced range facilities for the training of Navy combat pilots and air crews. The platforms will accommodate electronic instrumentation and antennas that relay data compiled during training exercises to shoreside installations.

In compliance with more stringent federal noise pollution regulations, the Navy intends to locate future Tactical Aircrew Combat Training systems 50-60 miles off the U.S. East and West Coasts. Operational platforms are planned for a range off the coast of southern California, and are also proposed for the expansion into deep water of an existing range, already located in shallow water off the coast of North Carolina.

Toward that goal, the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory (NCEL) in Port Hueneme, Calif., has successfully installed the first large-scale model test platform in 2,910 feet of water off the coast of southern California; this platform has been identified as a suitable concept for range applications. The NCEL has initiated a research and development program to provide the technology necessary to design the required platforms.

By 1989, the NCEL expects to deliver validated models and techniques to its sponsor, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, for use by the Ocean Engineering and Construction Project Office in the design and installation of small semisubmersibles capable of surviving in severe ocean environments.

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