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Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

and in accordance with Japanese traditions.   M/Y Octopus is regularly used for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions. In 2012, Allen and the Octopus underwater teams participated in the exploration of the wreck of the HMS Hood, in conjunction with the British Navy.  

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (Photo: Paul Allen)

AUV Helps Locate Sunken Japanese Warship

and in accordance with applicable traditions.   M/Y Octopus is regularly used for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions. In 2012, Allen and the Octopus underwater teams participated in the exploration of the wreck of the HMS Hood, in conjunction with the British Navy.  

Photo: United States Navy

USS Indianapolis Wreckage Located

ocean.    Allen-led expeditions have also resulted in the discovery of the Japanese battleship Musashi (March 2015) and the Italian WWII destroyer Artigliere (March 2017). His team was also responsible for retrieving and restoring the ship's bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service. Allen's expedition team was recently transferred to the newly acquired and retrofitted R/V Petrel specifically for continuing exploration and research efforts.   The 13-person expedition team on the R/V Petrel is in the process of surveying the full site

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

. The team embarked with several high-profile marine archaeology projects already under their belt, including the discovery of Japanese battleship Musashi in March 2015 and Italian WWII destroyer Artigliere in March 2017, as well as the recovery of the bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy.   Other search missions to locate Indianapolis have been undertaken by various groups over the years, but all have come up short – partly due to a lack of sufficient technology. For the Indianapolis search, Mr. Allen deployed an exploration team outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

have resulted in the discovery of the USS Indianapolis (August 2017), Japanese battleship Musashi (March 2015) and the Italian World War II destroyer Artigliere (March 2017). His team was also responsible for retrieving and restoring the ship's bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service

HGH’s Spynel-S 3500 as seen above, top right on top of container, on the integrated, mobile C2S system from Qinetiq (Photo: HGH)

Infrared Systems Protect UK Navy Ships at Sea

International manufacturer of panoramic infrared thermal imaging systems HGH Infrared Systems was selected by the British Navy to incorporate its Spynel-S 3500 into an integrated Compact Combat System (C2S) for situational awareness and ship-based protection against small fast inshore attack crafts (FIACs).    The system has already been tested in trials in the U.K. and will be used in part toward securing war ships in perilous locations.   Leading the project is U.K.-based Qinetiq, research and technology group, who have paired HGH’s Spynel sensor alongside the SharpEye radar

Launching 'Remus': Photo UK MOD

British Navy Tests Remote-Controlled Minehunter

A remote-controlled boat, named 'Hazard' that can search for, hunt and destroy mines is being tested by a specialist Royal Navy unit based in the Portsmouth Naval Base, briefs the UK MOD. The Hazard can also act as the ‘mother ship’ to an assortment of hi-tech remote-controlled and robot submersibles. Collectively, they can search for, hunt and finally destroy mines faster than the Royal Navy’s Sandown and Hunt-class ships, and they also have the added benefit of keeping the sailors required to operate them out of harm’s way. Modified versions of the same systems are also

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