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During a seven-week Arctic transit aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Healy (WAGB 20), Dr. Nita Shattuck from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) will study the impact of the extreme environment on crew performance and potential mitigations. Additional research includes assessment of an Amos01 3D printer installed by David Dausen from NPS’ Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education (CAMRE), and specially instrumented to measure the impact of adverse Arctic sea conditi

NPS Research on Coast Guard Icebreaker to Enhance Arctic Readiness

., Healy is the largest vessel in the Coast Guard and the United States’ most technologically-advanced icebreaker. Healy also serves as a research platform, and several other researchers will be on the trans-polar voyage. Shalane Regan is the Chief Research Engineer for USCG Research and Development Center (RDC) and aboard the Healy as Chief Scientist, overseeing several research efforts while underway.“We have nearly 20 research projects on board ranging from Arctic environmental studies to tests of novel international search and rescue technologies, supported by researchers with equally

Teams enter the water at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division's David Taylor Model Basin as they prepare for the 17th International Submarine Race in West Bethesda, Md., on June 29, 2023. (Photo: Aaron Thomas / U.S. Navy)

Carderock Hosts International Submarine Race

aspiring engineers to careers with the U.S. Navy and DoD enterprise. Carderock internship programs like the Science Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) and the NREIP program – ONR sponsored programs – allow students to gain invaluable experience working at a federal research and development center. It also provides the Navy a sneak peek of its future generation of technical experts.“This week we hosted several hundred high school and college students,” Carderock's Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Tardy said. “We provided them the opportunity to utilize our basin

U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tim James, assists with a limited user evaluation of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport’s Argus Expeditionary Maritime Defense System at Naval Station Newport’s Pier 2 on May 3, 2022. (Photo: Dave Stoehr / U.S. Navy)

US Navy, Coast Guard Evaluate Use of Underwater Threat Detection System

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s Argus Expeditionary Maritime Defense System team recently partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center to evaluate capabilities that could aid the Coast Guard’s detection efforts, particularly with counter-unmanned undersea vehicle missions.As part of its comprehensive efforts to provide maritime security and protect critical infrastructure, the Coast Guard is looking for solutions that would enable detection of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) in near-shore environments. A limited user evaluation of the Argus

Personnel from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and U.S. Geological Survey watch as a 350-ton crane lowers the 105-foot-long weldment, or underwater acoustic deterrent system, into the lock approach of Lock 19 near Keokuk, Iowa, Feb. 3, 2021. Laboratory-tested sounds that proved to be irritating to invasive Asian carp will be broadcast underwater from the weldment as part of a study to evaluate fish behavior. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

USGS, ERDC Install Underwater Asian Carp Deterrent System

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and partners installed a temporary, experimental underwater acoustic deterrent system (UADS) at Mississippi River Lock 19 between Keokuk, Iowa, and Hamilton, Illinois, Feb. 3. The deployment is part of a study to understand how invasive Asian carp respond to acoustic, or sound, signals.“If this UADS is successful in deterring Asian carp, it could have huge implications for invasive species management,” said Dr. Marybeth Brey, a USGS research fish biologist and the project lead. “This new

Anchor and lumber on the bottom of Thames River near New London ferry docks (Image: ThayerMahan)

Series of High-res Surveys to Track Changes in Thames River

. The system generates ultra-fine resolution (3cm x 3cm) beamformed imagery and interferometric bathymetry of undersea cables, boulders, rocks, and seafloor characteristics in real-time.The survey was performed aboard the R/V Connecticut, a research vessel owned by UConn. The Undersea Warfighting Development Center and the Naval Submarine Base New London were important contributors to the project. The next survey is planned for May 2021.Over the course of the two-year project, baseline data will be reevaluated to identify changes in the region and enhance security within the New London port area.  

(Image: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark Developing Autonomous Vessel for US Marine Corps

the autonomous vessel space, and streamlining the path to autonomy.”In September, it was announced that the U.S. Coast Guard had selected a 29-foot Sharktech autonomous test vessel equipped with autonomy by Boston-based technology developer Sea Machines for evaluation by the USCG Research and Development Center. In 2019, Metal Shark was selected by US Navy PMS 406 (Naval Sea Systems Command’s Unmanned Maritime Systems division) for the Unmanned Family of Systems Multi Award IDIQ, a blanket Navy contact covering multiple topics in the autonomous space. As a brand-agnostic technology integrator

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell underway during their Arctic deployment off Greenland's western coast. U.S. Coast Guard photos by SN Kate Kilroy

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg Tech: RDT&E's Annual Arctic Technology Evaluation

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) teamed up with Coast Guard Cutter Campbell’s crew this summer to evaluate five technologies as part of the RDC’s annual Arctic Technology Evaluation. The Campbell crew conducted the evaluations during their two-month deployment supporting joint Arctic operations off Greenland’s western coast, returning to their Kittery, Maine, homeport on Sept. 29, 2020.“Testing various technologies by cutter crews for operation in cold and Arctic environments provides highlights on what works and what may need improvement, and can help

(U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Research and Development Center)

New Unit Will Support Coast Guard Research and Development Center

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will stand up its first unit dedicated to supporting the Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) in New London, Conn. today.The new Auxiliary unit will support the RDC mission by coordinating requests for assets and skills in three focus areas: subject matter expertise, field research activities and public affairs. The new Auxiliary unit coordinator, Bruce Buckley, will develop a skills bank that matches Coast Guard research priorities to Auxiliary skill sets across the nation. The Coast Guard said it expects the unit will become a major force multiplier for

(Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

NOAA, Scripps Partner on Unmanned Systems

, Calif. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)One of the first projects under this partnership includes developing recommendations for the structure, staffing and training needs of the unmanned maritime systems component of the new OMAO program. Working with the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at Scripps, led by Eric Terrill, Ph.D., the project also includes the design, outfitting and testing of a persistent, unattended unmanned surface vessel with a meteorological and oceanographic data payload to collect operational data.“This new partnership with Scripps will greatly enhance

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