Great flashback there...the "Sea Viking" surface-effect-ship, or SWCM. The choice of that platform option was not influenced by lobbyists or plus-up earmark money, in fact. Quite the contrary...it was chosen for certain attributes that the community that would operate it decided were valuable. Fast forwarding just a little bit to ca. 1983-4...with Rohr's demise and the halt of the SWCM program, a complete digital ride control package (the first ever "production" version; all previous incarnations were R&D prototpypes) remained built but undelivered. By pure chance of luck and confluence of the stars, a prototype SES passenger ferry built and under test in Norway was found to be in desparate need of a ride control system. And so began a long and fruitfull relationship with the Norwegians and their SES' that continues to this day..30 years later.