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Moray Melhuish who joins WFS Technologies as commercial director (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Melhuish Joins WFS Technologies

on a career in the energy industry. He started as a marketing assistant with industrial valve and gas turbine specialist, Score Group, before quickly being promoted to Group business development and tendering manager. From here, he went on to become commercial director of the company’s defense prime contractor, Score Marine, which he founded.With around 350 patents, WFS provides innovations in subsea wireless automation, the Subsea Internet of Things (SloT) and subsea cloud computing networks (SCCNs) for oil and gas operators and offshore wind developers around the world.The Livingston, Scotland,

(Photo courtesy ECA SA)

Belgium Naval & Robotics, Flanders Ship Repair Join in MCM Program

Belgium Naval & Robotics has launched an industrial offer anchored in Belgium to respond to a call for tenders issued by the Belgian and Dutch navies for the supply of 12 mine hunters.Belgium Naval & Robotics offers the Belgian Navy a solution whose prime contractor is in Brussels and involves many local players spread throughout the country."This partnership with FSR illustrates our strong relationship with the Belgian Defense Technological and Industrial Base and our desire to build a long-term relationship with the Belgian and Dutch Navies," explained Jean-Michel Orozco, Senior

L3 ASV’s C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class autonomous vessel suitable for offshore and coastal tasks. (Photo: Business Wire)

L3 Technologies Acquires ASV Global

a leading supplier of maritime solutions,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “The addition of L3 ASV enables us to deliver both unmanned surface and undersea vehicle technologies to an expanded international customer base and take a prime contractor position on major unmanned systems.”Based in Louisiana and the U.K., L3 ASV delivers surface vessels in a range of sizes, currently from 10 to 42 feet, with proprietary software and control systems and proven unmanned system autonomy architectures. The company’s autonomy systems

Knifefish mine countermeasure UUV (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Knifefish UUV Completes Sea Acceptance Tests

the transition into the next stage of testing, the Developmental Test and Operational Assessment. The training provided the operators with an opportunity to become familiarized with the Knifefish system and become proficient at operating and maintaining the system during the upcoming evaluations.As prime contractor for the Knifefish program, General Dynamics Mission Systems designed the tactical UUV based on the Bluefin Robotics Bluefin-21 deep-water Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (AUV) using an open architecture concept that can be quickly and efficiently modified to accommodate a wide range of missions

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Saab Control System for Collins Class Subs

been carried out in Australia involving over 50 Saab and local subcontractor staff,” said Andy Keough, Managing Director of Saab Australia.   Stage 1 of the project saw the updated ISCMMS software and hardware developed by Saab delivered to ASC, Australia’s Collins Class platform prime contractor. An ASC team integrated the system into HMAS Collins, with HMAS Waller scheduled for later this year.   ASC will integrate the new system into the remaining submarines commencing in 2019, as they complete their maintenance cycles.   “This project demonstrates the high level

U.S. Navy Knifefish mine countermeasures UUV swims along the surface off the coast of Boston during final contractor sea trials earlier this fall. (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Knifefish UUV Completes Contractor Trials

recently demonstrated the unique capabilities of the Knifefish, a medium-class mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), during contractor trials for the U.S. Navy.   The trials were conducted off the coast of Boston and were managed by General Dynamics Mission Systems, the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The Knifefish UUV operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea using buried, bottom and volume type mine-test targets, and demonstrated its ability to detect, classify and identify potential mines at a variety of depths, each of which would pose a unique threat

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

which is called “OPENSEA.”   Starting in about 2008, we felt that that we had reached a maturity level with OPENSEA that that required us to start testing, it required us to start getting some blue water experience. From 2008 to about 2013 we took on several large projects a year. Prime contractor-type projects or science projects –big integration projects. So during this period, Greensea was largely characterized as an engineering services company.   But our intent for OPENSEA all along was to develop a product for the offshore industry that could integrate these disparate

U.S. Navy mine test targets being readied for Knifefish at-sea mine-hunting evaluation (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

US Navy Tests UUV for Mine-hunting Operations

is a heavyweight-class mine countermeasure UUV intended for deployment from Navy surface vessels. Knifefish will reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.   General Dynamics Mission Systems is the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The company designed the tactical UUV using an open architecture concept that can be quickly and efficiently modified to accommodate a wide range of missions that may face future naval operations. The Knifefish UUV is based on the General Dynamics Bluefin Robotics

Photo: BAE Systems

Fourth Submarine in UK’s Astute Class Named

plan, Barrow will remain the hub of our submarine building programs for years to come,” Baldwin added.   Audacious will stay inside the builder’s main construction facility – the Devonshire Dock Hall – before being launched next year.   BAE Systems is the prime contractor responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of the seven Astute class nuclear-powered attack submarines. It is also the industrial lead for the Dreadnought program, the Royal Navy's next generation of submarines that will carry the continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent

HMAS Paluma (IV) (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Navy to Upgrade Survey Vessels

Launches operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).   Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Salisbury, Australia will be responsible for the purchase of the equipment and assist with the systems integration. Seismic Asia Pacific is the FarSounder dealer for this project with BAE Systems as the prime contractor.   The 360-metric-ton Survey Motor Launches, HMA ships Paluma (IV), Mermaid, Shepparton (II) and Benalla (II), were designed for operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Each Survey Motor Launch carries the latest in survey and computerized hydrographic data processing

The Lifesaver Energy Platform was deployed at the U.S. Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. (Photo: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center).

Lifesaver Energy Platform Installed off Hawaii

evaluated for reliability and power output performance relative to wave height over approximately six months. The Platform is an advanced electro-mechanical point absorber WEC platform that uses unique hull and leading-edge power take-off (PTO) configurations. Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. is the Prime Contractor for WETS and has provided engineering support services to the Navy to upgrade and expand WETS since 2012

Image: BAE Systems

US Navy Strengthens Battlespace Situational Awareness

;s Electronic Warfare Discovery and Invention Program, which seeks to develop and demonstrate a broad range of next-generation electronic warfare systems that exploit, deceive, or deny enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum while ensuring its unfettered use by friendly forces.  As the prime contractor on FSSR, BAE Systems brings its electronic warfare system domain expertise, threat characterization and identification processing and system design and integration knowledge.   “I am particularly excited by this research effort because it integrates a number of electronic warfare

Kongsberg Maritime CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Image credit: Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Cameras Chosen for Canada's Arctic Patrol Ships

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that it has been selected by L-3 MAPPS to provide the CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).   L-3 MAPPS is one of the Tier 1 suppliers to Irving Shipbuilding, Prime Contractor delivering the AOPS vessels as a part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Kongsberg Maritime has over 70 employees in Dartmouth, Vancouver and St. Johns, 190 employees in the U.K. and approximately 4,600 total across the world. “Further to our recent CCTV supply for the Halifax-class frigates

Klein S5500 V2 Bathy QC Display 3D (Image: Klein)

Mitcham Acquires L-3’s Klein Associates

commercial customers, effective January 1, 2016.   Klein, now renamed Klein Marine Systems, Inc., was a wholly-owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications Corporation, a provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms, and a prime contractor in aerospace systems.   Rob Capps, Mitcham’s Co-CEO, commented, “This transaction provides a number of strategic benefits to Mitcham, including the expansion of our technology base and better utilization of our engineering resources. This transaction also expands our manufacturing

Photo courtesy of InterMoor

Offshore Mooring Replacement Completed

InterMoor Inc., an Acteon company and part of its foundations and moorings business, finished replacing critical components in an FPU mooring system offshore Equatorial Guinea on schedule, enabling the prime contractor, Boskalis, to expand the InterMoor work scope.   The original contract covered replacing old mooring chains and wire ropes for eight of the 12 mooring lines along with two drag anchors on Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc.’s (MEGI’s) Zafiro Producer floating production unit. During the operation, Boskalis contracted InterMoor to replace an additional mooring line.  &nbs

FREMM frigate Aqiutaine (Photo: DCNS)

MacArtney Connectivity for Navy Bow Sonar Systems

and power network.   The FREMM name represents a class of European multipurpose frigates designed by DCNS (France) and Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (Italy). The FREMM program was launched in 2005 and is run by OCCAR (European joint armaments cooperation organization) with DCNS as the prime contractor. The objective the program was to replace existing navy frigates with new 6,000-metric-ton vessels, equipped with the most modern warfare systems. The first ship of the class, the Aquitaine, was commissioned in 2012 and so far, a total of 21 ships are on order. FREMM frigates are considered

Littoral Combat Ships

BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

working hard to make every aspect of our business more affordable, enabling us to successfully compete for contracts like this. This award is a result of that work and we look forward to working with our industry partners to meet the needs of our U.S. Navy customer." Bath Iron Works is the prime contractor under this contract, with partners General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Austal USA, CDI Corporation, and Marinette Marine Corp., a Fincantieri company. LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation

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