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ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.  ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.  Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.

ASNE is the seventh oldest technical society in the United States.  It was founded in 1888 by a group of naval engineering pioneers, most of them officers of the U.S. Navy's Engineering Corps, who sought a unified approach to their profession in order to make the most of new advances in technology. The purposes of ASNE are:           

  • to advance the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in public and private applications and operations,
  • to enhance the professionalism and well-being of members, and
  • to promote naval engineering as a career field.

For 125 years, the Society’s objectives have been strengthened and preserved to meet the changing needs of a time-honored profession. Today ASNE conducts a variety of technical meetings and symposia, publishes the highly regarded Naval Engineers Journal and a number of other technical proceedings and publications, and fosters professional development and technical information exchange through technical committees, local section activities and cooperative efforts with government organizations and other professional societies.

The Society's annual meeting, ASNE Day, is typically held in February of each year in the Washington, DC, area. The meeting features major addresses by high level industry and government leaders and panel discussions by leading members of the profession.  It also includes presentation and discussion of technical papers on a variety of timely naval engineering topics, presentation of the Society's prestigious annual awards and a large exposition with government and industry exhibits covering the full spectrum of naval engineering technology. ASNE Day is highlighted by the Society’s annual Honors Gala, attended by hundreds of executives and senior managers from both government and industry.

Our website is designed to not only serve our members, but also to support scholars, students and others interested in the varied field of naval engineering.  We welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve your experience. 

John D. Adams and Walter F. Beverly

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


John D. Adams and Walter F. Beverly


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1984 as set forth in the following: 

The bases for selection were the professionalism of subject matter, depth of treatment, the importance of the paper’s technical contribution and its lasting value to the naval engineering professional, the individual effort involved in its preparation, clarity of composition, and style.


Mr. Adams’ and Mr. Beverly’s paper, “Technical Evaluation of the SES-200 High Length-to-Beam Surface Effect Ship,” in the May 1984 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal, is a major contribution to the literature in the field of naval engineering. It not only meets all the selection criteria, but more importantly, represents a contribution to the profession which is of the highest quality, marking the authors as worthy for recognition by this Society and their peers.


Recent Navy surface effect ship (SES) research has been aimed at achieving efficient operations at task force speeds without compromising the SES advantage of operating at still higher speeds. Results had previously shown that this objective could be achieved by designing ships with higher length-to-beam ratios than those of the previous generation of Navy SES. These ships are typically referred to as “High Length-to-Beam SES.”

 In this fine paper, Mr. Adams and Mr. Beverly describe an extensive program undertaken by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to validate this research and demonstrate high length-to-beam SES capabilities. Under this program a 110-ft commercial SES was procured and stretched from a lengthy-to-bean ratio of 2.65 to 4.25. This ship is the SES-200, the only large high length-to-beam SES in the world.


The authors give a brief history of the SES-200, present a synopsis of the SES-20 Technical Evaluation Program, and document the results of the performance, seakeeping, and maneuvering tests conducted.


Operation in heavy seas is demonstrated, heavy weather motion responses are compared to Navy surface ship criteria, and directional stability and maneuvering test results are reported.


In performing this highly valuable evaluation, the authors have made an important and lasting contribution to the naval engineering profession and to the literature, and are therefore worthy to receive the 1984 “Jimmie” Hamilton Award.