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Poland's Ministry of Defense Orders Gavia AUVs

Teledyne Marine – Vehicles announced the Ministry of Defense of Poland has procured, through Remontowa Shipbuilding two additional Gavia autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) for its second and third Kormoran Class new MCMV. The anticipated delivery of two systems will be added to the current Gavia AUV fleet, which has been operated by the Polish Navy for Naval Mine CounterMeasures (NMCM).To complement the Gavia AUVs previously procured, the acquisition will include all required topside equipment, as well as the AUV operation and maintenance training.In 2014, Teledyne Gavia completed a competitive

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First European Customer For Sea Wasp

Saab Seaeye has received an order from the Defense Material Organization (DMO), within the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands for deliveries of the Sea Wasp underwater vehicle system.The Sea Wasp systems to be delivered will be used by the Dutch Navy.With a base weight of only 75 kg, Sea Wasp is a small and flexible ROV which can be used for a wide range of underwater operations, both within the commercial and military sectors. Sea Wasp can, for example, be used for sea mine detection and other reconnaissance operations.The order also covers some development, including the integration of the

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WFS Technologies Appoints Sharpe as Interim CEO

Sharpe as interim CEO, taking over from Brendan Hyland who is stepping down after founding the firm more than 17 years ago in 2003.Sharpe, who was formerly a non-executive director of WFS, brings a wealth of experience. His career has included being Project Director of Digitization for the UK Ministry of Defense, and a Director of Operations for Jacobs. Sharpe will be working closely with WFS’s existing management team during the transition period.WFS provides a range of true wireless Subsea Internet of Things (SIoT) products that provide offshore operators with asset integrity monitoring with

Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Appoints Rear Admiral Sparkes

the UK’s Ice Patrol Ship, HMS PROTECTOR, in Antarctica. In addition to this, he commanded the 44 units (aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, mine-hunters, patrol vessels, and the maritime explosive ordnance disposal teams) of the Portsmouth Flotilla.Ashore, Peter Sparkes has served in Ministry of Defense acquisition appointments and was responsible for the development and introduction into RN service of the Warship Electronic Charting Display Information System. Prior to joining UKHO he served as the Chief of Defense Staff’s liaison officer in the Pentagon, Washington DC. 

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, October 8-10 (Image: The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO)

Seabed 2030 Meeting Held in Stockholm

sources of new bathymetric data. The combined area of these contributions in terms of square kilometers will be announced later this year.Organizations presenting details on their mapping efforts to the group included the Canadian Hydrographic Service; the Danish Geodata Agency; the Italian Ministry of Defense; the Norwegian Hydrographic Service; the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Italy’s National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics; Fugro; Kongsberg Maritime; TE Subcom; the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain; and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

later in 2018.   The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness.     The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long attack submarine.   The dive also allowed engineers to calculate the submarine’s precise weight and centre of gravity. Some 16 metric tons

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

; Unlike the submarines of today, which perform multiple roles in one hull, it is envisaged that the Royal Navy of the future would operate a family of submarines of various shapes and sizes, both manned and unmanned, to fulfill a variety of tasks.   Rear Admiral Tim Hodgson, the U.K. Ministry of Defense’s Director of Submarine Capability, said, “We want to encourage our engineers of the future to be bold, think radically and push boundaries. From Nelson's tactics at the Battle of Trafalgar to Fisher's revolutionary Dreadnought battleships, the Royal Navy's success has always rested

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UK MoD Orders Containerized Diving Systems

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) said it has won a contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) to design and manufacture two 20ft DNV Containerized Diving Systems (CDS).   SMP was selected through a tender process to design, manufacture and supply two identical 20ft DNV CDS. SMP said these systems will be based on a past proven design created by SMP with added bespoke requirements requested to meet the specific needs of the MoD.   The CDS are made up of various different components including workshop area, dive control, three diver panel, cylinder quads and standby

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ASV Global Opens Mission Control Center

to 10 countries demonstrating their leadership in this sector. A strong example of a successful U.K. exporter, I want more companies to follow their example and seize the global demand for U.K. goods and services.”   In September 2016, ASV Global signed a licensing agreement with The Ministry of Defense allowing for the use of the Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Capability technology developed using funding via Dstl. Using the funding ASV Global was able to demonstrate advanced autonomous navigation at the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise in October 2016 and more recently

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