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Ocean Infinity Names Paul Helmore as CCO

providing world class advice and support in complex oilfield related projects.He also managed global business in the Schlumberger Information Solutions group, providing world class software product, data management and consulting services to the Oil and Gas sector. Paul began his career in the Royal Navy, in which he served for eight years.  He is Harvard 2016 Alumni having studied Leadership and Behavioral Economics.Helmore will oversee all aspects of the group’s commercial activities, ensuring that Ocean Infinity fully realizes the commercial potential of its enlarged, fully equipped

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

L3 ASV has announced the successful delivery of a long-endurance autonomous vessel known as the C-Enduro to the Royal Navy. The C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) program as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology.The 4.8-meter autonomous vessel is equipped with 10 sensors combining scientific and hydrographic survey equipment. The vessel operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView, and is fitted with L3 ASV’s advanced autonomy package, ensuring situational awareness and smart

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Rose Joins IMCA as Technical Adviser

(IMCA) has appointed Andre Rose as Technical Adviser - Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV.Rose has spent most of the last 18 years working in the ROV industry, including time as a pilot/technician, superintendent, ROV manager and client representative.He has a background with the Royal Navy, where he spent 19 years in its Fleet Air Arm working with rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Initially, he completed an apprenticeship in aircraft mechanical engineering, before being trained as an avionics engineer.When he left the Navy, after a short time as a technical author with Westland Helicopters

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Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing

by the new cell.“The Global Fishing Watch Data and Analytical Cell is all about making data available and then making use of that data to achieve better analysis and shared awareness across the many maritime areas of interest,” said Tony Long, CEO of Global Fishing Watch and Commander, Royal Navy (Retired). “To have the USCG be the first organization to benefit from our new cell would be an honor. All of my experience from my Naval service tells me that effective collaborations like this can be game-changing in the fight to combat IUU fishing.&rdquo

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Admiral Tim Lowe to Head UK Hydrographic Office

UKHO as a world leading provider of global digital navigational services, defined and delivered a strategy to transform into a digital first organisation, supported wider Government policy aims and played an instrumental role in the organisation’s new build."Tim 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 as UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, he has led a number of key projects for the UKHO. This includes the Commonwealth Marine Economies and Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping programs

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

UK Hydrographic Office Taps Lowe as Chief Executive

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 the UKHO. This includes the Commonwealth Marine Economies and Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping programs to support the development of blue economies in territories

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Royal Navy Supports Successful Trial of New Micro-Robots

and weigh only 4 kg, and are therefore classified as 'micro-AUVs'. Despite their small size, they are capable of diving to 500 m (2500m for ecoSUB-m25) and have sufficient battery power to stay underwater for several hours.Two of the new ecoSUB-µ5-SVP vehicles were deployed from the Royal Navy's HMS Enterprise during the trial and successfully collected Sound velocity profile data to depths of 100 m. These data will be compared with those collected by traditional 'over-the-side' instruments deployed from the ship, allowing the Royal Navy and the Defense Science and Technology

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

Subsea Defense: Extending Unmanned Capabilities

new technologies – robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems – are increasingly available to an ever-wider range of players, creating what are termed asymmetric threats in an ever-wider battle space.Commodore Robert Anstey, Assistant Chief of Staff Submarines – Royal Navy, told the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) conference in Glasgow earlier this year that a resurgent Russia in the maritime space is “sparking talk that Cold War 2 is already underway and that the West Atlantic is again a front line.”This is at a time when there’s a concern

The Royal Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel HMS Magpie (Photo: Royal Navy)

UK’s New Naval Survey Ship Passes Sea Trials

The U.K. Royal Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel encountered a bout of rough weather during sea trials in the Irish Sea.Launched less than a month ago, HMS Magpie is the newest addition to the Navy's hydrographic squadron, replacing veteran survey launch Gleaner decommissioned earlier this year after 35 years’ under the White Ensign.The new 18-meter catamaran is being delivered by Atlas Elektronik UK through a subcontract with Cork shipbuilder Safehaven, based on the firm’s Wildcat 60 craft.The vessel is due to be formally handed over to the Royal Navy next month and be

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General Dynamics wins Columbia-Class Submarine Deal

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $126.1 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Navy’s Columbia-class submarine and the Royal Navy’s Successor-class ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract modification includes funding for procurement of long-lead time material for missile tubes which will be integrated into both the Navy’s new SSBN and the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought-class strategic missile submarine. Initially awarded in

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US Navy Submarines Surface in the Arctic Circle

exercise north of Alaska.   Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Seawolf-class fast attack submarine, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaced in the Arctic Circle March 10 during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018.   Both submarines, as well the UK Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant (S91), are participating in the biennial exercise in 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

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

The U.K. Royal Navy’s fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, has completed its first ever dive, marking a milestone on the path toward full sea trials later in 2018.   The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness.     The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton,

Dr. Miguel Morales Maqueda (center) with Alicia Mountford and Liam Rogerson, the group from Newcastle University carrying out research in Antarctica as part of the ORCHESTRA project. (Photo: Newcastle University)

Researchers Set out to Study the Southern Ocean

and period, and we will now use the same technology in the Southern Ocean. We will deploy the Wave Glider north of the Antarctic Peninsula in late November or early December 2017 from the NERC research vessel RRS James Clark Ross. We will recover it, if all goes well, in late January 2018 using the Royal Navy vessel HMS Protector.”   Surface monitoring The Wave Glider, which in its basic form is a commercial vehicle, started life at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) in Liverpool and was brought to Newcastle University by Dr. Maqueda. Custom fitted by Newcastle University to include

Figure 1: Hell Bay 4 demonstrated collaboration using robots from different manufacturers. 10 systems networked together through a central command station. (Photo Courtesy SeeByte)

Unmanned Forces: Building a Multi-Domain Autonomous Fleet

encompassing mine countermeasures, reconnaissance, and oceanography. However, a significant milestone was reached in October of 2016 with Unmanned Warrior.    Unmanned Warrior: Autonomy in Action Unmanned Warrior was a real test. This demonstration was organized by the U.K.’s Royal Navy to showcase never-seen-before capabilities in the field of autonomy and unmanned systems and gathered over 50 vehicles, sensors and systems from different nations, different vendors and different government sponsored laboratories.   Hell Bay 4 was run in conjunction with The Technical Cooperation

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Thales Invests to Advance Autonomy

Thales is announcing a major commitment to develop future autonomous and unmanned technology across air and sea by investing in two new UK-based trials and training centers.   Following Thales’s successful trials during the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise in 2016, Thales is now investing in two trials and training centres based in West Wales and in South-West England to test and develop autonomous systems for both military and civil activities.   "Investing in these facilities enables the safe test, evaluation and training of autonomous platforms, innovative

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

equipped with sensor pods which dissolve on demand to avoid enemy detection and fish-shaped torpedoes sent to swarm against enemy targets. Though these vehicles look more like something designed in Hollywood for the next sci-fi blockbuster, they’re actually new concepts developed by the U.K Royal Navy to transform the future of underwater warfare.   Challenged to imagine what a future submarine would look like and how it would be used to keep Britain safe in decades to come, the U.K.'s brightest and most talented young engineers and scientists went to work for the Royal Navy’s Nautilus

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

to determine the accuracy and data quality of seafloor coverage for safe navigation purposes. The UKHO then used this information to update Admiralty chart coverage of Portsmouth Harbour and Approaches, to support the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth.   Working in close collaboration with the Royal Navy, Queen’s Harbour Master and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the UKHO also provided its wider marine geospatial expertise to prepare for the arrival, by providing detailed tidal stream predictions and supporting the placement of navigational aids.  

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