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The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Aids US Navy Underwater Vehicle Testing

Underwater target tracking technology from Houston-based Sonardyne Inc., has been chosen by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division for testing subsea systems and underwater vehicles in development for the Navy and wider maritime industry.Located in Maryland, Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy's research, engineering, modelling and test center for surface and undersea technologies. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world. Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, Carderock’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF)

The William B Morgan Large Cavitation Channel (LCC) is a large variable-pressure closed-loop water tunnel that has been operated by the U.S. Navy in Memphis since 1991. This facility is well designed for a wide variety of hydrodynamic and hydroacoustic tests. Its overall size and capabilities allow test-model Reynolds numbers to approach, or even achieve, those of full-scale air- or water-borne transportation systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Tests Scale Models in Big Facilities

Inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock DivisionThe Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md., is one of the world’s leading centers for surface and underwater hydrodynamic expertise, research and design, to include world-class facilities for experimentation, testing, evaluation and validation.“We build scale models of ship designs and can test these hull forms in our facilities to measure hydrodynamic load on the structure or evaluate seakeeping abilities,” said Mike Brown, head of Carderock’s Naval Architecture and Engineering Department.

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

vehicle-based BOSS sonar systems, high-speed underwater modem communication, air-deployable buoys, durability of composite materials, coastline security technologies and systems for harnessing ocean energy. SeaTech has a long-term partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division and its South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF), which extends offshore south of Port Everglades. The partnership provides extensive combined in-water testing and evaluation capabilities for UUVs and other underwater systems.  

Marine Technology Reporter - May 2018

The May 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available in print and online.This edition includes features on:Subsea residency: robotic systems move closer to living on the seafloorResearch facilities: MTR goes inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, where the U.S. Navy tests scale models in big facilities Subsea engineering: powering up the seafloor in an effort to boost oil and gas productionNew tech: the latest from gliders to USBLsResearch vessels...and moreRead more at https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201805/.

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Wave Energy Conversion Competition Offers Cash Prize

organization, outreach and publicity throughout, and subsequent evaluation of the impact of the challenge. In addition to Ricardo, its partners and the DOE, the challenge will also include technical experts at Sandia National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and NAVSEA - Carderock Division’s a wave tank testing facility. The prize participants that design and build a testable prototype unit will get the opportunity to showcase their unique concepts on a level playing field to the public and potential investors. In addition, the winning team(s) will receive a monetary prize

LEGO contestants: (U.S. Navy photo by Nicholas Malay/Released)

Natural-Disasters Themed LEGO Navy Robotics Competition

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division explains that the LEGO competition was held recently in the Maritime Technology Information Center in West Bethesda, Md. Elementary school student competitors Kevin Shan (left) and Nathan Greenidge are pictured here. Carderock is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and ship systems. For over 100 years, Carderock has helped preserve and enhance the nation's presence on and under the seas. Carderock is the full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy's ships, submarine

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Naval Architecture & Engineering Department Head, Jon Etxegoien, right, Naval Surface Warfare Center Commander, Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy, Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, NSWC, Carderock, Commander Capt. Richard Blank, and NSWC, Carderock, Technical Director Dr.

New MASK Unveiled

a combination of computerized modeling and simulation, scale model testing in a wave making tank, and actually taking a ship to sea. The modernized Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Maneuvering and Sea Keeping (MASK) wavemaker was unveiled at a dedication ceremony on Dec. 19 at the NSWC Carderock Division’s West Bethesda, Maryland, facility.  The MASK is named for long-time Carderock hydrodynamics pioneer, the late Harold E. Saunders. The upgraded facility, which replaces an obsolete wavemaker, is housed in a dark, cavernous building with an arched rood like a giant Quonset hut. 

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Gets Wavemaking Upgrade

By Nicholas Malay, NSWCCD Public Affairs Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) completed major renovations of the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) facility, Aug. 16. For more than one hundred years, the Navy has built and conducted extensive testing on physical prototypes of ships called scale models before building the real ship in full scale. In 1962, Carderock built the MASK in order to test the scale model performance of ships, platforms and moored systems in realistic sea conditions. The 360-foot long and 240 foot-wide facility holds approximately 12 million

Northrop Grumman to Support U.S. Navy Minehunting

In cooperation with the Navy and industry partners, Northrop Grumman has operated USVs in various tests and fleet exercises that range from remote control to autonomous operations. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Fla., NSWC Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md., NSWC Combatant Craft Division in Norfolk, Va., and Northrop Grumman jointly developed an 11-meter USV that launched, recovered and towed the AQS-24A. www.northropgrumman.co

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's (NSWCCD) Lawrence Snyder, naval architect; and Ben Ridenour, mechanical engineer; check on the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) model connected underneath Carriage Two between tests in the David Taylor Model Basin, April 22 - May 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Monica McCoy)

Engineers Put Next-Generation U.S. Navy Ships to the Test

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) engineers conducted preliminary Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) seaworthiness model tests in the David Taylor Model Basin, April 22 - May 17. SSC is the replacement for the Navy's existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life.  SSCs - like the LCACs they replace - will be primarily used to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies through varied environmental conditions from amphibious ships to over the beach. "All new Navy platforms, such as the SSC, are required

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