Weirdest ship on the world, all build horizontally…

If you look on this ship at standstill, at first glance, he wants to throw the crew to the rescue squad. It looks like that I just sank, and on the surface are the last items. This, however, the intended effect. The ship has been designed so that it can be operated in the vertical position where the poop and most of the hull is under water.

RV Flip because of it this research vessel belonging to the U.S. Navy. It is designed and built in 1962. As befits a period of the cold war, the ship was the result of the Navy’s demand for an effective tool for measuring the propagation of acoustic waves in the depths of the sea. Used at structures did not allow for the collection of accurate data. Billowing hulls of ships generate additional noise, as well as move the measuring tool. Even attempting to drain the sea depths of the apparatus is connected with a ship does not produce the expected results. Also the data sent by the submarines were incomplete. It was decided, therefore, to design something that will be a combination of craft and the Bathyscaphe.

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Scientists knew that adequate stability, even in rough seas, the design of the submerged for about 100 feet below the surface of the water. Would therefore be created the design, which is insanely difficult it would be to get in the right region of the study. Just imagine how complicated the operation ocean transport oil rigs. So they invented something else, something that so far no one has not yet built.

The ship with a length of 108 meters of reminds a huge spoon. It consists of a long to 90 meters with a width of hull 6.5 meter (the most exposed to the 4 meters fluctuation) and the superstructure on the bow. Long, cylindrical hull, mostly ballast tanks that can Flip and rotate it 90 degrees vertically. The time it takes to raise a unit for the vertical is just 28 minutes. Ballast tanks are filled with water and the vessel gradually passes from the horizontal position to the vertical. The reverse process tanks are filled with air.

Weirdest ship on the world, all build horizontally
120630-N-PO203-076 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jun. 30, 2012) Only 55 feet remain visible after the crew partially floods the Floating Instrument Platform, or FLIP’s, ballast tanks causing the vessel to turn stern first into the ocean. The 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, conducts investigations in a number of fields, including acoustics, oceanography, meteorology and marine mammal observation. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Interestingly, the Flip does not have its own drive and to perform this operation uses three electric generators. Mounted it articulately, and thus their location varies with the change of settings.

The lack of an internal combustion engine it is surgery. Creating unnecessary and harmful in the measurement of vibration it was necessary to replace it. This does not mean, however, that the Flip is totally dependent on the tugs transporting him to the place of study. It has a thruster, which, with the gyros, can keep the ship in the correct orientation. In addition, the Board is the installation of desalination, as well as a scientific laboratory.

The constant ship has five people, but Flip can take on board a team consisting of eleven scientists. They must be reckoned with multiple disadvantages. For example, the unit has only two showers, one of which is mounted horizontally and the other vertically. There are also double sinks and doors (placed on the floors and walls), which is the first visit to the ship doing the visitors breathless. Toilets and beds while mounted on hinges and after rotation of the ship before the crew, propose sanitation, these are located on the side wall. Beds and encourage sleep. All these unworthiness, and prevailing on Board apparently compensates for rotating moment narrowness of the unit. Then the crew and scientists, are located on the outer board, and gradually move from the floor on the wall.

Currently, the ship does not serve military objectives, and conducts research of the oceans and seas even for the purpose of better weather prediction or knowledge of currents.