Leesylvania State Park is a popular place for military and law enforcement agencies to visit for more reasons than you’d expect.
Besides our location, being sandwiched between two major military bases, Quantico and Fort Belvoir and the Prince William County Police station just down the road, the park is often the perfect venue for training and testing out new technologies. Meaning, they test out cool toys and we get to help!
Park Manager, Karen Lambey, speaks with Gibbs Technology contractors on safety.
Before launching a new prototype to Naval Engineers at a conference in Arlington, Gibbs Technology needed to demonstrate the operation of two of their latest amphibious models. First thing Monday morning, the government contractors called the nearest marine safety and rescue boat looking for a conducive facility with water access to the Potomac River. Leesylvania was the number one choice.
Two amphibiousvehicles were tested in the park’s marina, with the assistance of trained law enforcement rangers and a rescue boat. The contractors said they had been working on the two models for over a decade and were excited to do a press release the next day. “Natural disasters…such as the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, Thialand, Sri Lanka and elsewhere in Asia; as well as the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, illustrate the need for amphibians as capable, versatile and efficient as Phibian,” Gibbs Chairman Neil Jenkins said.
Contractors unveiling one of twoAmphibious prototypes.
Theplates actually said "007" by coincidence. It does look veryJames Bond.
Park Rangers, Karen Lambey, Sarah Percival and I, volunteered to assist contractors while navigating the vehicles through park waters. The Aquada (smaller vehicle) reaches speeds of up to 35 mph in water and 120 mph on land. The Phibianreaches 80 mph on land and 30 mph in the water. Both vehiclestransition into water withinseconds with the push a button. It was almost as if you were watching either a tank or sports car drive directly into the water and seamlessly, just take off! The Phibian eliminates the need for separate boats, tow vehicles, and can seat 15 passengers in the cargo area. It's 30 feet long,weighs4500pounds (about the same as an SUV) andis powered by twin 250 hp turbo dieselengines.
Chief Ranger, Sarah Percival, assists with the Aquada test drive.
The "Phibian" enters the water for an officialtest drive.
View from cargo area onthe Phibian.
Just south of Leesylvania, down the Potomac River, is Quantico Marine Corps base.
Demonstration rides have been given on the Phibian to the media, dignitaries including the New Zealand ambassador to the U.S., attorneys…and now, Leesylvania State Park staff.
Readthe Gibbs Technology Press Releasefor more images and details.
Leesylvania is located in Woodbridge, just along the shore of the Potomac River. For click here.