ADVANCED ELECTRIC SHIP DEMONSTRATOR ( AESD)
GPA provided the Final Design and Production Engineering for the 133-ft Sea Jet, also known as the Advanced Electric Ship Demonstrator (AESD), funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The vessel is located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, Acoustic Research Detachment in Bayview, Idaho. Sea Jet was operated on Lake Pend Oreille, where it was used for test and demonstration of various technologies.
Among the first technologies tested was an underwater discharge water jet from Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, Inc., called AWJ-21, a propulsion concept with the goals of providing increased propulsive efficiency, reduced acoustic signature, and improved maneuverability over previous Destroyer Class combatants.
The Sea AESD was the proof of concept/scale model for the US Navy's new Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers (DDG 1000). These next generation combat ships are currently in sea trials as of December 2015.
The vessel was delivered in 2005 at Dakota Creek Industries.
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US Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyers (DDG 1000) undergoing sea trials.