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ASL Hires Taillefer

CONCEPTS collaboration agreement between DFO, Environment Canada (EC) and DND and was the technical advisor for the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV).  He earned a B.Sc. from Royal Roads Military College in Physics and Oceanography (graduated in 1987).  While in uniform, the Royal Canadian Navy selected Martin to earn a master’s degree at the University of Victoria (graduated in 1997), where his studies focused on Matched Field Processing, tracking an underwater target in 3D, using only passive acoustics.  In 2010, with the support of ASL, Taillefer founded and started

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Canada's Halifax-Class Frigates Get a Sonar Upgrade

Nautel, together with General Dynamics, will upgrade and maintain underwater sensors on the Halifax-class frigates for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as part of the Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade (UWSU) contract awarded to General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada.The upgraded sensors will offer the RCN an improved ability to detect and track underwater threats utilizing advanced Sonar amplifiers and transducers designed and manufactured by Nautel.As part of the hull-mounted sonar upgrade program, Nautel will supply NS72-36 sonar amplifiers and Mk II broadband transducers. According to Nautel

Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Set to Hunt for Avro Arrow Artifacts

enables on-the-fly beamforming and geo-referencing, which significantly reduces the overall processing timeline, a critical factor in these types of search and salvage applications."   "AquaPix was a proven payload during the Franklin Expedition in 2014, operating onboard a Royal Canadian Navy AUV. We deployed the AUV in the morning, all processing occurred onboard the AUV in real-time, and after recovering the vehicle in the evening we immediately began reviewing the already-processed sonar images, with zero post processing required. Leveraging what we've learned from that experience

Irving Shipbuilding Invests in Ocean Technology Programs

the National Shipbuilding Strategy creating a sustainable and vibrant marine industry in Canada."    Irving Shipbuilding's funding is part of its Value Proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – Canada's 30-year plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. The funding will support the establishment of various operations and programs at COVE.    "Irving Shipbuilding's investment in COVE helps grow Canada's marine innovation and commercialization cluster, a key part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy

SIO's pinger on bottom in Caymans, acoustic receiver is used from boat (bottom) with remote hydrophone (top)  (Photo: JW Fishers)

Acoustic Devices Aid Researchers and Marine Scientists

was marked with a JW Fishers SFP-1 acoustic pinger. "In addition to marking the location, the pinger was also useful in synchronizing the clocks on the array hydrophones" reports Dr. Sirovic.   The Naval Engineering and Test Establishment (NETE) located in Lasalle, Quebec is the Royal Canadian Navy's principal test and evaluation center. NETE is a government-owned-contractor-operated (GOCO) organization providing a broad range of multidisciplinary services directed at naval equipment, combat, and control systems. Their mission is to provide independent and expert testing and evaluation

Employees at Vancouver Shipyards witness the first cut of steel on Seaspan’s second National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) ship, Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV). Courtesy Seaspan

Seaspan Building 2nd OFSV

; Seaspan’s cutting of steel on the second OFSV also follows the recent announcement (March 14, 2016) of two new NSS contracts valued at more than $65.4 million, which will help pave the way for future construction of the CCG’s Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) and the Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships (JSS) at VSY.   To date, Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has awarded over $400 million in contracts to suppliers in Canada, with more than 160 Canadian companies having already benefited from these investments. It is estimated that Seaspan’s NSS

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

 A 3D printed model of the HMS Erebus as it now sits on the ocean floor.

Canadian Government Unveils 3D Model of HMS Erebus

a clear view of the vessel’s current structure, and even shows details of the wooden beams and materials surrounding the wreck, as well as one of its anchors that rests off the port side. Being able to generate the models adds extra value for Parks Canada archeologists and divers from the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic as they prepare for their April dive operations into the wreck as part of Operation Nunalivut 2015.    “It’s an honor to see Canadian software used to map this significant and historical shipwreck, and the added element of 3D printing

HMS Erebus (Image: Parks Canada)

Discovered Franklin Expedition Ship is HMS Erebus

this year’s Northern Tour and it has left a lasting impression. I wish them well in their search for HMS Terror.” The Government of Canada’s partners for the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition included Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Defence Research and Development Canada, Environment Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency, as well as the Governments of Nunavut and Great Britain. Private and nonprofit partners included the Arctic Research Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who additionally brought

EDGE Facility to Develop, Deliver Security Capabilities

Center in Nova Scotia will focus on rapidly delivering new technologies and capabilities to the Royal Canadian Navy as they transition to future fleet.    General Dynamics Canada announced the opening of the 17th EDGE facility in the EDGE Innovation Network. The new Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will become a vital resource that brings Canada’s top naval technology suppliers together with academia and government to develop leading-edge, operation-enhancing capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy and ally naval fleets around the world as they

AquaPix INSAS system integrated into DRDC's Arctic Explorer AUV (Credit Kraken)

Kraken Assists Search for 1845 Arctic Shipwreck

to increase the amount of Arctic seabed mapped this summer. Ice and weather conditions permitting, the team could exceed the scanned and mapped ocean floor of all previous expeditions. Four ships will serve as the main platforms: the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS Kingston, the Arctic Research Foundation's research vessel Martin Bergmann, and One Ocean Expeditions' One Ocean Voyager. Also, a number of additional vessels along with autonomous and remote-controlled underwater vehicles will be utilized. These platforms, vessels and vehicles

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