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The Navy Tests Its Ships in This Indoor Ocean And It's Incredible

Written by Ana Krneta
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MASK, otherwise known as the maneuvering and seakeeping basin, is located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland. To say that this is massive and puts the indoor pool of your dreams to shame, is an understatement. But this pool is used for a lot more than just lounging around and having fun.

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It holds over 12 million gallons of water, is 240 feet wide and 360 feet long. It isn’t even considered a pool at that size, it's called an ‘indoor ocean’ and is one of the largest of its kind. To be fair, there aren’t many indoor oceans.

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This facility has a very important job; it's able to recreate sea and ocean conditions that navy officers would have to encounter in the real world in their vessels. It gives engineers a chance to see how different models would fair in different ocean environments.

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This method is beneficial insofar as investing in mini models saves time and money in the long run. Otherwise, investing into full-sized models and finding out later that something doesn’t work well in certain ocean conditions, can waste more time and more money. They have paddles surrounding the pool which create the waves, and control the kind of waves that are being produced to mimic different conditions out on the open water.

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This facility has a very important job; it's able to recreate sea and ocean conditions that navy officers would have to encounter in the real world in their vessels. It gives engineers a chance to see how different models would fair in different ocean environments.

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This method is beneficial insofar as investing in mini models saves time and money in the long run. Otherwise, investing into full-sized models and finding out later that something doesn’t work well in certain ocean conditions, can waste more time and more money. They have paddles surrounding the pool which create the waves, and control the kind of waves that are being produced to mimic different conditions out on the open water.

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