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New wave pool will prepare Navy ships for all weather

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BETHESDA, Md. (NBC) - Before naval ships leave for the open seas, they're first tested at the Naval Service War Center in Bethesda, Md.

The five-acre facility is the largest of its kind in the world and the crown jewel is a brand new state of the art wave pool that is designed to test and prepare Navy ships in any kind of weather condition.

The new technology can create wave conditions that can simulate a nor'easter, a tropical storm, or a category five hurricane—anything found in oceans around the world.

"Really need to know what the limits of your ship are before you take it out there, so we're able to tell a ship driver exactly what to expect,” said Jon Extegoien, head of naval architecture and engineering.

The Navy uses smaller scale models of ships to see how they would hold up against the simulated waves. It gives the engineers and the navy a way to accurately predict how a full scale ship would perform in the ocean.

"What’s unique about this facility now with the new wave maker, the 216 segments wavemaker, is we can test and see waves like this that do have multiple components," said Dan Hayden, branch head of sea keeping testing.

It took eight months to outfit the wave pool with state of the art technology officially reopening back in December.

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