Ministry Of Defense News

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

SEA’s global ANPS map (Image: SEA)

UK Navy Upgrades Ambient Noise Prediction System

Cohort company SEA said it has been awarded a U.K. Ministry of Defense contract to upgrade the Ambient Noise Prediction System (ANPS) for the U.K. Royal Navy.   The ANPS takes meteorological and oceanographic forecasts, together with oceanographic databases and performs complex acoustic propagation calculations to produce regular forecasts of ambient noise conditions in the ocean. The results enable the U.K. Royal Navy vessels to plan operations and improve the effectiveness of their sonars, allowing them to adjust elements such as sonar frequencies and depths accordingly.   Noise

Sir George Zambellas (Photo: Mark Rawlings / MOD)

Zambellas to Join Liquid Robotics Advisory Board

.   Zambellas has a highly distinguished naval career that concluded in April 2016 after a three-year appointment as Britain’s First Sea Lord. During this time he served in the U.K. Amphibious Force, the U.K. Maritime Force, NATO 4-star Maritime Command and Fleet Command and U.K. Ministry of Defense positions. As captain of HMS Chatham he was deployed as part of Operation Palliser to Sierra Leone, earning the Distinguished Service Cross.   A champion of technological innovation, and a pioneer of unmanned systems in maritime operations, Zambellas has led the exploitation of autonomous

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

environment for the participants and allow the Royal Navy to see first-hand how some of the systems and sensors could integrate into current and future operations.   Unmanned Warrior saw more than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems operating in a number of themed activities in the U.K. Ministry of Defense exercise areas based around Scotland and Wales, the organizers deliberately trying to keep the scope of activity as broad as possible with few, if any, constraints on what participants were allowed to demonstrate.   “Unmanned Warrior was about seeking innovative ways to operate

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UK Royal Navy Contracts SEA for Sonar Support

Cohort plc company SEA won a contract by the UK Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) to provide support to a range of UK Royal Navy acoustic and sonar underwater systems fitted to the surface and sub-surface fleets. The two year deal to deliver the MoD Underwater Systems Architecture Advisory Service (USAAS) combines all Maritime Combat System Underwater Electronic Warfare (MCS-UEW) sonar support and advice requirements within a single program for the first time.   It is valued at around $1.27 million and will task SEA with providing advice and support for the Sonar 2150; Sonar 2054 Inboard Replacement;

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