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Tim Lowe (Photo: UKHO)

UK Hydrographic Office Names Chief Executive

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE as its new Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.Lowe joined the UKHO as National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In January 2019, he was made Acting Chief Executive, leading the UKHO’s transformation to become a modern marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office.This included overseeing the opening of the UKHO’s award-winning office and championing key projects that have helped government, academia and the wider marine community make the best use of our oceans in safer, more

The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits in formation with the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the aircraft car-riers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during dual-carrier sustainment and qualification operations in the Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Released)

U.S. Navy Requests $205.6B in 2020

According to a blog by Rear Admiral Randy Crites posted on the Navy Live, the official blog site of the U.S. Navy, the Department of the Navy Fiscal Year 20 Budget request submitted to Congress is $205.6 billion, a 4.8% increase from the FY19 enacted budget. Specifics of the budget are focused on six specific dimensions:The FY20 budget requests funding for more ships – as the navy continues to progress toward a 355-ship fleet – submarines, aircraft and people, and highlights include: The budget provides for a deployable battle force of 301 ships in FY20 including 11 aircraft carriers and

HMAS Vampire (© Commonwealth of Australia 2018)

Australia Searching for Lost WWII Destroyer

several bombs and went down in less than 10 minutes, killing nine sailors while hundreds more were rescued by the hospital ship Vita and local fishing vessels. A few men were even able to swim ashore.The ship’s precise location had never been confirmed, said Commander of Australia’s Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, but a new lead emerged during recent high-level Navy to Navy talks in Colombo.“We have always known roughly where the Vampire went down but its exact location has proved elusive,” Rear Admiral Mead said.The Royal Australian Navy believes there is strong chance HMAS Vampire&rs

Yohei Sasakawa launches the operational phase of The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project in Tokyo in February 2018. Photo: GEBCO Seabed 2030

OiA '19 & GEBCO Seabed 2030

is often the exception, not the norm, so the fact that Oceanology International is celebrating its 50th anniversary is most impressive,” said David Millar, Government Accounts Director Americas for Fugro and co-chair of the OiA ’19 Seabed 2030 presentation and discussion (alongside Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, Director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey). “Fugro has been associated with Oceanology International for many years. As for myself, it has probably been 17 years since I went to my first Oceanology International, and it’s gratifying to see that this long-running

Photo: UK Hydrographic Office

Admiral Tim Lowe to Head UK Hydrographic Office

The UK Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Rear Admiral Lowe said: “I look forward to taking the helm as Acting Chief Executive, whilst we continue to transform the UKHO into a world-leading marine geospatial information

 Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE (Photo: UK Hydrographic Office)

UK Hydrographic Office Taps Lowe as Chief Executive

The U.K. Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current U.K. National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.  Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Lowe is a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and joined the UKHO as UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In his role, he has led a number of key projects for

Jamaica Updates Hydrographic Information

Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has conducted hydrographic surveys of Kingston Harbour and its Approaches and Portland Bight as part of the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office initiative – the Commonwealth Marine Economics Programme (CMEP).Welcoming the data, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, who is also chair of Jamaica’s National Hydrographic Committee – a sub-committee of the National Council on Ocean and Coastal Zone Management of Jamaica – said: “Shipping around Jamaica has increased over the years and the surveys of our nautical

Saab Seaeye’s Sea Wasp MCM ROV (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Subsea Defense: Extending Unmanned Capabilities

. “If I was a terrorist, I would have a fantastic time at the moment, using underwater autonomy, causing disruption.”For these reasons, navies have been ramping up their activity in developing MAS and unmanned systems. “We are doing a lot of work in autonomy and automation,” Rear Admiral Moises DelToro III, Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command; Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Centet, United States Navy, told UDT. “Over the past 2-3 years there’s been a lot of work in unmanned systems. We have been able to deploy unmanned undersea vehicles

Personnel Changes at Autonomous Robotics Limited

U.K. based autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)  developer Autonomous Robotics Limited (ARL) announced the appointment of Rear Admiral (retired) Jon Westbrook CBE and Commodore (retired) Phillip Titterton CBE as Defense Advisor to the Board and Defense Consultant respectively, with effect from August 1, 2018.The company also hired additional engineering staff. Abhinav Bharti (lead software engineer) and Ella Richards (lead mechanical engineer) have joined the team led by Arran Holloway, ARL’s Engineering Director.The company’s board also announces that Rafael Albea has resigned from

(Photo: ASV Global)

ASV Global to Supply USV to University of Southern Mississippi

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 Survey.    “USV technology is key to the U.S. Navy’s future. USM’s acquisition of a C-Worker 5 USV is going to help Naval Oceanography build the more talented and agile fleet that the nation needs” stated

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