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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

In 1914, USRC Cutter McCulloch was ordered to Mare Island Navy Shipyard where the cutter’s boilers were replaced, the mainmast was removed and the bowsprit shortened. In 1915, McCulloch became a US Coast Guard Cutter when the US Revenue Cutter Service and US Life-Saving Service were combined to create the United States Coast Guard. (Credit: Gary Fabian Collection)

US Coast Guard Shipwreck Found – 100 Years Later

shipwreck.   “McCulloch and her crew were fine examples of the Coast Guard’s long-standing multi-mission success from a pivotal naval battle with Commodore Dewey, to safety patrols off the coast of California, to protecting fur seals in the Pribilof Islands in Alaska,” said Rear Admiral Todd Sokalzuk, the commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. “The men and women who crew our newest cutters are inspired by the exploits of great ships and courageous crews like the McCulloch. I extend the Coast Guard’s heartfelt thanks to our partners in the National Oceanic and

Rear Admiral (select) Shepard Smith (Photo: NOAA)

Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

President Barack Obama has approved the promotion of Shepard Smith, from captain to rear admiral (lower half), a prerequisite for Smith to become director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, after his selection by Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Smith's appointment to director will be effective on August 26, 2016.   Smith will oversee NOAA's charts and hydrographic surveys, ushering in the next generation of navigational products and services for mariners who need integrated delivery of coastal intelligence data. He succeeds Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, who will retire on September 1

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

fiction in the near future."   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

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REP16: a Global At-sea Campaign

and aerial vehicles. REP16-Atlantic also marks the first international research campaign of the NATO Research Vessel Alliance after the new flag agreement with the Italian Navy.   The REP16-Atlantic features and objectives have been presented on 18 July in Lisbon (Portugal), in the presence of Rear Admiral Matthew A. Zirkle (U.S. Navy), Deputy Chief of Staff Submarines – COMSUBNATO, Ana Paula Vitorino, Minister of the Sea of Portugal, Marcos Perestrello, Secretary of State for Defence, General Artur Neves Pina Monteiro, Chief of Defence of Portugal.  

Photo from Oceanology International 2016 conference (Photo: Oceanology International)

Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

offshore renewable infrastructure. Meanwhile, Navigation & Positioning, chaired by Xavier Montazel, Vice President, Director of Navigation Systems Business Unit at iXblue, and Walter Jardine, Upstream Survey & Positioning Authority, BP, will report upon the newest findings in this realm. Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, Director, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA observes: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak alongside such an influential group of speakers, and with the breadth of audience at Oceanology. The global focus of this conference inspires me to develop deeper international

Bourne Tidal Test Site Receives Preliminary Permit from FERC

be impacted.”   The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is also moving forward with tidal energy projects to support green energy training for their students. MRECo and the academy continue to discuss their efforts in order to ensure maximum synergy. The President of Massachusetts Maritime, Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, noted that, “the tie-ins to what the Academy does both in and outside of the classroom are very exciting and we look forward to working with the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative to learn about tidal power prospects for Massachusetts and beyond.”   The

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US Navy Submarines Surface in the Arctic Circle

the Arctic to train and validate the warfighting capabilities of submarines in extreme cold-water conditions.    "From a military, geographic and scientific perspective, the Arctic Ocean is truly unique, and remains one of the most challenging ocean environments on earth," said Rear Admiral James Pitts, commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC).   ICEX provides the U.S. Submarine Force and partners from the Royal Navy an opportunity to test combat and weapons systems, sonar systems, communications and navigation systems in a challenging operational environment

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

term that starts January 1, 2019 and runs through 2022.   “Improving and maturing the next generation of navigation products and services for increased safety and efficiency of marine transportation is crucial to keep commerce flowing through our nation's ports and waterways,” said Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith, director, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey. “Panel members give NOAA critical perspectives on the needs of the maritime sector which are extremely valuable in our mission to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime navigation.&rdquo

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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

Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

of the Marine Affairs Program at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Nelson's multifaceted career was principally spent in service to his country in his 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

Submarine Bidders Step up Lobbying for Australia Tender

first of its kind since 1999.   Despite the presence of the Soryu submarine and a well-attended media tour, Japan's Chief of Staff Commander Fleet Escort Force insisted the exercise was not a sales pitch.   "We do not have an ulterior motive in having this media conference," Rear Admiral Ryo Sakai told reporters.   As Japan showcased its submarine, Germany's ThyssenKrupp AG's launched an advertising campaign to illustrate its commitment to build the 12 submarines in South Australia.   "The German industry, backed by the German government felt it would be appropriate

BSEE Director Salerno and USCG Rear Admiral Thomas Discuss information Sharing and Joint Operations at OTC

BSEE, USCG on Sharing Information, Jt Ops

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas participated in a luncheon panel discussion today ​at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)  in Houston. The discussion focused on topics relevant to joint inspections of offshore facilities and other offshore regulatory issues. Center for Offshore Safety Executive Director Charlie Williams hosted and moderated the session on the final day of OTC. The Director and Rear Admiral discussed their coordinated approach to joint inspections and incident investigations and how

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