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A long-range unmanned surface vessel (LRUSV) transits the Pacific Ocean during Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 24.1, March 07, 2024. IBP 24.1 is a U.S. Pacific Fleet experiment, executed by U.S. 3rd Fleet, operationalizing multi-domain employment of unmanned systems to create fleet warfighting advantages. (Photo: Ian Delossantos / U.S. Navy)

Sea Drone Warfare has Arrived, and the US is Floundering

warfare, according to interviews with a dozen people with direct knowledge of the U.S. sea drone plans, including Navy officers, Pentagon officials, and sea drone company executives.Two Navy sources and three executives at sea drone manufacturers said the biggest impediment to progress has been a Department of Defense (DoD) budget process that prioritizes big ships and submarines built by legacy defense contractors."At some point, you hit the D.C. problem," said Philipp Stratmann, CEO at Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), a New Jersey-based firm that supplies the U.S. Navy with the WAM-V, an autonomous

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Oceaneering Freedom AUV Gets a Look for Defense Applications

Oceaneering International said its Aerospace and Defense Technologies (ADTech) business segment won a contract by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a U.S. Department of Defense organization, for the development and testing of the Freedom Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) as a potential Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) prototype for the U.S. Navy’s Program Office for Advanced Undersea Systems.The contract includes a Manufacturing Readiness Review to assess current production capacity and tradeoffs that could be performed to speed LDUUV capabilities to the fleet.The

HUGIN Endurance, one of the newest members in the HUGIN AUV family, measures 39-ft. long and nearly 4-ft. in diameter, with a 15-day endurance. Image courtesy Kongsberg Discovery

Kongsberg Discovery Wins US Navy DIU Contract

endurance, enabling unsupervised shore-to-shore operations over a 1,200 nm range. HUGIN Superior, the workhorse of Kongsberg's HUGIN AUV family and the deep-water industry standard, is a 22-ft. long, nearly 3-ft. in diameter with a 70-hour endurance.Kongsberg has been supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in various forms since 1892 when the Krag–Jørgensen rifle was first selected for standard U.S. Army issue. Since then, Kongsberg has continued to support the U.S. DoD with products such as: NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System), Remote Weapons System

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US Navy Orders Saab UUVs for Kuwait

been awarded a $15,877,254 firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command, for the construction of underwater unmanned vehicles (UUV) and associated storage containers, training naval mines, spare parts, training documentation, training and transportation, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.This contract, which was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 3204(a)(4), involves Foreign Military Sales to the State of Kuwait, the Pentagon said.Work will be performed in Cranston, R.I. (75%); and Syracuse, N.Y. (25%), and is expected to be completed by

John Woods, director of International Engagement Office for the Office of Naval Research, and Dr. Lauren Freeman, senior oceanographer in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport’s Ranges, Engineering and Analysis Department. (Photo: Leif Heimbold / U.S. Navy)

Ocean Engineers and Scientists Share Ideas, Challenges at International Arctic Workshop

is an international region, Trevor Kelly-Bissonnette, Naval Sea Systems Command’s director of International Programs, underscored the importance of establishing partnerships.“Last week the U.S. issued their national strategic implementation plan for the Arctic region. It says the DoD [Department of Defense]needs to be working closer with its allies and partners and implementing strategies that will enable us to keep the Arctic open. In fact, they specifically mention the ICE-PPR, which is what this workshop is doing — pulling together our scientists and engineers and finding out how can

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DEEP's #OccupyMare is about Persistent Human Presence Subsea

Research at the University of North Carolina, Explorers Club Fellow, and first recipient of US Office of Naval Research Undersea Medicine Program's Predoctoral Award. Dr Kernagis' team currently conducts advanced research for a number of organizations, including the United States Department of Defense and NASA.   Following two years of research into advanced manufacturing processes and materials science, including the design of the largest WAAM 3D manufacturing capability in Europe, DEEP has received design approval in principle from DNV. "The Sentinel system is not theoretical

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US Navy Orders Up to 200 UUVs from HII for $347 Million

of Mission Technologies’ Unmanned Systems business group. “Our team is committed to delivering fully capable vehicles that will enhance the effectiveness of the warfighter against emerging threats.”The Lionfish System was developed through an innovative process with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit and the Navy that incorporated feedback from multiple user groups to uniquely meet the needs of the warfighters.HII is the largest producer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV) worldwide. Serving customers in more than 30 countries, HII provides design, autonomy

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U.S. Revives Cold War Submarine Spy Program to Counter China

U.S. Navy submarine officer, told Reuters.“We have to invest faster in next-generation capabilities. We're losing the lead, and the Chinese are rapidly catching up,” said Sadler, now a naval warfare fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank.The U.S. Navy and Department of Defense did not respond to requests for comment about the pace at which the Navy is adopting new technologies.SENSE OF URGENCYAmerica’s underwater espionage program was launched in the 1950s with a submarine detection system known as the Sound Surveillance System. That consisted of so-called

Inside the Subsea Cable Firm Secretly Helping America Take on China

subsea cables: America’s SubCom, Japan’s NEC Corporation, France’s Alcatel Submarine Networks and China’s HMN Tech.For sensitive U.S. projects, Washington only works with SubCom, according to five industry sources who have worked on projects with the cable company.The U.S. Department of Defense and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.Picking sidesUntil a U.S. crackdown on Chinese tech companies ramped up five years ago, SubCom laid cables for telecom and tech companies worldwide, including the big state-owned Chinese carriers.Not anymore. The cable firm now works

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