Naval Oceanographic Office News

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New Tech Aids US Navy Mapping

; hydrographic mapping capabilities being incorporated by Areté back into the original PILLS system for the US Navy is extremely gratifying.”Areté first demonstrated the upgraded PILLS during an Advanced Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX) with the Hydrographic Department at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) in August. The exercises involved mapping areas of the Eastern Gulf Coast and providing in-depth analysis and post-processing training for Department of Defense personnel at the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise, with participation from NAVOCEANO

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ASV Global to Supply USV to University of Southern Mississippi

addition to support USM’s growing capabilities in Unmanned Marine Systems Certification and our research toward improved mapping and charting in the Hydrographic Science Research Center.”    USM’s sponsors including NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the US Naval Oceanographic Office will also benefit substantially from this state-of-the-art USV investment.    “We are excited that USM has this cutting-edge platform available to teach the next generation of hydrographers” said Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, Director of NOAA’s Office of Coast

An Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy is deployed in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). Photo: United States Navy

US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

(IABP)."   USNIC, in partnership with University of Washington, is responsible for management and coordination of the U.S Interagency Arctic Buoy Program (USIABP) and represents other U.S agencies including International Arctic Research Center, NASA, the National Science Foundation, Naval Oceanographic Office and Office of Naval Research. The IABP is a conglomeration of global participants that maintain a network of drifting buoys in the Arctic Ocean. The buoy effort also provides important data to the Office of Naval Research Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Surveys (SIZRS) program, which is

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AML Acquires Rolls-Royce’s MVP Product Line

solutions for our core hydrographic customers. We look forward to breathing new life into the technology.”   The MVP user base is distributed throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America, and includes such hydrographic leaders as the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) and NOAA.   AML said it now owns the global rights to manufacture new systems and support of the existing install base.   Going forward, MVP activities will be managed out of AML’s Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office, where AML’s team already has extensive history

Fifteen students began classes May 1, 2017, at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they are expected to be the first class in the nation to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Unmanned Maritime Systems: Class in Session

we are preparing our defense to quickly innovate, deploy and interoperate air, surface and undersea unmanned systems.”   The UMS program is made up of three tiers including novice, journeyman and expert levels. The inaugural class includes civilian and military personnel from the Naval Oceanographic Office, Fleet Survey Team and Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center based at Stennis Space Center; Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center based in San Diego; Submarine Development Squadron 5 based in Bangor, Wash.; Naval Undersea Warfare Center based in Newport, R.I.; and the National Oceanic

Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

position as aide to the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and in this capacity he was the Senior Advisor to the to the Oceanographer, a Rear Admiral Flag position. Dr. Nelson who later earned a Ph.D, from the University of Southern California, was a pivotal figure in the modern era of the Naval Oceanographic Office. His positions in marine nongovernmental organizations such as the Marine Technology Society and as president of the American Oceanic Organization established him as a key figure in the Washington, D.C. ocean community. In later years he established a close working relationship with several

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

from U.S 5th and 6th fleets and Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. They are contributing their expertise to the technical dialogue and their leadership skills to the coordination across many participating commands, which include: Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; Naval Oceanographic Office; Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center; Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City and Dahlgren Divisions; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific; Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; Navy Warfare Development Command; U.S. Sixth Fleet

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MTR100: MRV Systems LLC

international Argo Program, under the auspices of the United Nations. Today, the MRV flagship product S2-A constitutes nearly 50 percent of the of the United States commitment to provide replacement autonomous profiling floats to the Argo program. MRV also provides profiling floats to the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. MRV has research and development contracts with the U.S. Office of Naval Research to support their scientific and military needs. Email: (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

newest oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), recently completed its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was constructed at VT Halter Marine, to Port Everglades near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   In Maury's first days at sea, the civilian survey detachment from the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) aboard performed initial testing of routine over-the-side operations as well as testing equipment unique to the ship, including underwater cameras which will be used for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) launch and recovery in the future.    The survey detachment

The WHOI-designed and -built Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry was used to locate the voyage data recorder from the sunken cargo ship El Faro. (Photo by Walter Cho, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI Helps Locate El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

The expedition involved coordination across various government agencies including the NTSB, the Coast Guard, the Navy, and the National Science Foundation. Data collected by the vehicles were sent ashore using advanced communications capabilities aboard the ship. NTSB, WHOI and members from the Naval Oceanographic Office were able to review the data in near real-time and provide the team at sea with helpful guidance. The ship-to-shore collaboration facilitated by RV Atlantis’s telepresence link will continue to ensure the remaining survey is completed to the highest standards possible.   

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