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Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Howard Bigby, assigned to the strike group oceanography team from Fleet Weather Center San Diego Photo USN

USN's Oceanography Warrant Officers to Make a Return

The Navy is bringing warrant officers back to Naval Oceanography in 2018 after a 28-year hiatus. In late March, the Navy Personnel Command released the message, NAVADMIN 079/16, reestablishing the program and at the same time disestablishing the Oceanography Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program. "In order to meet the increasing demand for officers with specific technical meteorology and oceanography knowledge, skills and abilities, the Secretary of the Navy has approved the establishment of the Oceanography Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Designator," the message said. The first warrant

Rear Adm. Brian Brown, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, (right) presents  Capt. Van Gurley with a certificate of retirement commemorating 26 years of naval service during a ceremony held July 12 at Stennis Space Center, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jenni Ervin)

Captain Van Gurley Retires from Naval Oceanography Command

Capt. John "Van" Gurley retired from the U.S. Navy on July 12 in a traditional Navy ceremony at Stennis Space Center after 26 years of active duty service. A native of Orlando, Fla., and Mississippi Coast resident for nearly the past decade, Gurley most recently commanded the Naval Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC) at Stennis Space Center until a change of command immediately prior to his retirement ceremony. During the change of command, Rear Adm. Brian Brown, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, hailed Gurley's command of the NOOC, saying his "strategic

(Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Unveils New Swarm USV/UUV

situations, including Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and sophisticated, coordinated assaults through tracking, trailing and overwhelming targets.  In addition to defense and security applications, SwarmDivers can be deployed in research, harbor management and oceanography.The key details of SwarmDiver are set out below:miniaturized – weighing just 1.7kg at a length of 75cmvertical dive capabilityability to operate as both a UUV (diving underwater) and a USV (on the surface)50 meter dive-deptheasily deployable and recoverablewireless data feedback upon surfacinghig

Kelsey Obenour (courtesy Horizon Marine)

Horizon Marine Announces New Hire

Texas, to accommodate two oceanographers, drifting buoy production and a new laboratory for underwater gliders. Obenour graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Meteorology and Geography and a minor in Mathematics. Following her undergraduate studies, Kelsey received her M.S. in physical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island – Graduate School of Oceanography. For her thesis, Obenour used 30 years of sea surface temperature (SST) AVHRR Pathfinder satellite data to analyze ocean fronts on global and regional scales to observe decadal and global climate trends since 1982. Patrice

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy and commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. "Our oceanographic survey ships are key contributors of this information that ensures the U.S. Navy maintains advantage against our competitors."   The importance of the information about the ocean environment collected by oceanographic survey ships like USNS Maury was

Autonomous underwater vehicle Boaty McBoatface (Photo: NOC)

Boaty McBoatface Completes First Antarctic Mission

The National Oceanography Center’s (NOC) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Autosub Long Range (ALR), known affectionately around the world as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, was recovered last month following its first under-ice mission beneath the Filchner Ice Shelf in West Antarctica.From January to February 2018, the AUV was deployed in the southern Weddell Sea during RV Polarstern cruise PS111 as part of the Filchner Ice Shelf System (FISS) Project – a collaboration involving leading U.K. research institutions including the NOC, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Met Office Hadley Center

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense / security. Each afternoon will be comprised of product and software training, panel sessions, operational tips, and new technology, as well ongoing on-water demonstrations.  The event will commence with two outstanding keynote

MTR Whitepapers: Call for Papers

industry, introduces in 2015 three Special Content editions: MTR Whitepapers. MTR Whitepapers – which will be produced and distributed in E-Magazine format – is  distinct and tightly targeted to a particular niche in the global subsea industry, including editions focused on: -- Oceanography (February 2015) -- Hydrography (June 2015) -- Unmanned Marine & Subsea Vehicles (November 2015) The editors of MTR are currently accepting “Whitepapers” for publication. Following publication in the Special E-Magazine, select Whitepapers will be considered for future print

GeoChirp 3D profiler: Image Kongsberg

Kongsberg Deliver GeoChirp 3D Subsea Profiler to China

provides three dimensional acoustical images of shallow sub-seabed structures and buried objects. It transfers the well-established principles of conventional 3D reflection seismics, used in hydrocarbon exploration, to high resolution chirp sub-bottom profiler technology. The First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), in Qingdao is its first commercial customer. China’s internationally reputed research institution is looking forward to applying the state of the art technology in its line of research. The system has been originally developed at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton,

Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Christens, Launches New Oceanographic Survey Ship

and launched its newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), the last of its class at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., in a traditional Navy ceremony on March 27.   The 350-foot ship is named for Cmdr. Matthew F. Maury, considered to be the father of oceanography, nicknamed the “Pathfinder of the Seas” and the first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Maury is 24 feet longer than its six sister ships to accommodate a 300 square-foot moon pool for easier deployment and retrieval of unmanned underwater vehicles.   Rear Adm. Jonathan

Fifteen students began classes May 1, 2017, at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they are expected to be the first class in the nation to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Unmanned Maritime Systems: Class in Session

will study nautical science, 3-D positioning, ocean policy, autonomous systems and more.   “This program gives us a chance to continually and rapidly train and certify our personnel to be the best in the world even before the race begins,” said Command, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) Deputy Commander and Technical Director Dr. Bill Burnett. “Rear Adm. Gallaudet constantly refers to the Chief of Naval Operations urgency about our adversaries 'It's 28-30 in the fourth quarter, and they have the ball,' and we are preparing our defense to quickly innovate

UK NOC Joins World Ocean Council

The National Oceanography Center (NOC) has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC) - the international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. The NOC joins the other WOC members from a wide range of ocean industries including shipping, cruise tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, seabed mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, investment and other sectors. NOC Executive Director, Professor Ed Hill, commented, “The NOC is delighted to become a member of the World Ocean Council. We share the same aim of ensuring

Geraint West, formerly with the NOC, has joined subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd as its new Global Business Manager for Oceanography. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Appoints Global Business Manager for Oceanography

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has appointed of Geraint West as its new Global Business Manager for Oceanography. Geraint joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him extensive experience gained over 32 years with the Royal Navy, Fugro and most recently, the National Oceanography Center (NOC).    West’s early career as a hydrographic surveyor included a posting to the U.S. Naval Oceanography Office, and culminated as Charge Surveyor in the ice patrol ship, HMS Endurance.  He then moved to Fugro as Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps

C-Enduro (Photo courtesy of NOC)

NOC Buys Two Ocean Robot Boats

The National Oceanography Center (NOC) is to purchase two oceangoing unmanned surface vehicles designed for long endurance scientific research. The unmanned surface vehicles, one produced by MOST Ltd, of Chichester, and the other by ASV Ltd, based in Portchester were developed as part of a £1million initiative to produce rugged and reliable marine autonomous systems to gather data from the open ocean over periods of several months in support of U.K. marine scientific research. Geraint West, director of National Marine Facilities said, “This is an investment of some £400

Navy Oceanography Signs Ersi Agreement

Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM), signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Sept. 3 with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (Esri), the geographic information systems company. "This CRADA will be a key enabler for our mission and top priority -- providing unmatched battlespace awareness and environmental information to the warfighters that yield better decisions made faster than the adversary," Gallaudet said. The Esri software and system allows detailed geospatial data to be analyzed

Xiangyanghong 10, Photo courtesy of REL

Romica Engineering Supports Chinese Research Vessel

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) have signed a contract with Geo Marine Technology Co. Ltd China to provide a Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) launch and recovery system (LARS) to The Second Institute Oceanography (State Oceanic Administration) China.   This system provides the capability of 10,000m of 8mm electro-mechanical cable with a SWL of 4 tonnes. Designed in accordance with DNV Rules for Certification of Lifting Appliances 2011 and UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards Revised March 2009 the system will be mainly used on the scientific research vessel Xiangyanghong 10 worldwide.

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

Scientists Set Record with Self-Driving Robots

from greater depths closer to the surface, and sunlight. This is thought to enhance phytoplankton’s primary productivity and activity in microbial communities that typically reside in deeper, darker waters.The expedition’s Principal Investigators Drs. Edward DeLong and David Karl, oceanography professors in UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) have been studying these microbes for decades. “These new underwater drones will greatly extend our reach to study remote areas, and allow us to sample and study oceanographic events and features, even

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