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Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

with NUWC to develop cost-effective solutions that support the warfighter.”NUWC is part of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). NAVSEA along with its predecessor organizations have been responsible for the design, construction, delivery, maintenance and disposal of the U.S. Navy’s ships and ship systems. NUWC is the center for the majority of research, evaluation, engineering operations, and assistance for national underwater systems. It also offers support for domestic weapons systems for any kinds of undersea resources. NUWC DIVNPT has extensive expertise, capabilities, and information in underwater

The newly lengthened R/V Connecticut is now underway with a full slate of missions through midyear (Photo: Glosten)

Lengthened Research Vessel Gets a New Life

.   "Right off the bat, we made a concerted effort to fully understand how the existing boat was constructed,” said Steve White, PE, project manager at Glosten. “This enabled us to not only integrate the new hull extension, but also make many improvements in the legacy ship systems.”   Glosten’s redesign added a 14-foot “plug” to the ship’s midsection, creating space for six additional accommodation spaces and doubling the size of both the wet lab and dry lab.   The lengthening work was recently completed as part of the vessel&rsquo

Ministry of Defence has signed a licence agreement with ASV Global

MOD, ASV Global Ink USV Software Deal

capabilities. This technology will enable ASV Global to access new market areas as well as continuing to solidify our position as the leading autonomous surface vehicle system supplier”.   While this software has obvious applications for the marine sector, Dstl’s Dr Philip Smith, Ship Systems & Integrated Survivability Programme Manager says it could be used elsewhere: “There is a need for more efficient platforms with greater automated systems across all domains – air, land and sea – so there are many potential routes for this software.”   Initially

R/V Neil Armstrong sails into San Francisco Harbor at the conclusion of the first leg of its inaugural voyage in late 2015. (Image by Aerial Productions, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Research Vessel Neil Armstrong Joins WHOI Fleet

I woke up the first night out of Anacortes, Washington, when the ship dropped out from under me and I levitated off my bunk. Then came the sound of shuffleboard in the conference room one deck above. The only trouble was, there's no shuffleboard on the research vessel Neil Armstrong.   It was Halloween 2015 in the Northeast Pacific. We were in the first hours of the first voyage of the newest ship in the U.S. academic research fleet, and we were already plowing through 15-foot waves. But the ship’s motion made it feel more like we were facing much heavier seas. A hammering gong rang

Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley (second from left) shakes hands with Rear Adm. (select) Moises DelToro (right) as they pass command of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center from Jabaley to DelToro.  Looking on are Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command (second from right) and Lieut. Philip Carson, Naval Station Newport chaplain (left).

Change of Command at Naval Undersea Warfare Center

and evaluation, and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapons systems. The command, which employs over 4,700 government civilians and military members, provides the Navy's core technical capability for the integration of weapons, combat and ship systems into submarines and undersea vehicles.   A native of South Bend, Ind., DelToro comes to NUWC from a position as the program manager for undersea defensive warfare systems in Washington, D.C.   “The Chief of Naval Operations has given us three tenets by which all we do can be

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA DP Proposal to be Basis for Updating IMO Guidelines

as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645). The review will be taken forward by  an IMO intersessional correspondence group that will further develop the draft, with a view to finalizing it at the next meeting of the IMO Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) sub-committee, in 2016. “IMO’s circular 645 is the established international standard for DP systems. The guidelines have successfully provided the framework on which national regulations and classification society rules are based, and which are supplemented by

Cutting the ribbon, from left, Dominic Galluci, P&S Construction; RI Congressman James Langevin; RI Governor Lincoln Chafee; Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander, NUWC; Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Division Newport; Mark Rodrigues, head NUWC's Platform and Payload Integration Department; Blair Decker, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; and RI Senator Jack Reed.

NUWC Newport Dedicates New Research Facility

and development, “said Jabaley. “NAVSEA and the Program Executive Office for submarines made a significant investment that resulted in less risk, lower costs, and accelerated transition to the warfighter.” NUWC’s new facilityhouses not only the VPT centerpiece, but all of the ship’s systems that support the VPT in actual ship configuration, thereby allowing replication of ship functionality. This ship-like capability will provide engineers and technicians with the land-based ability to mimic, troubleshoot, and discover the proper repairs required to resolve fleet issues

Underwater wet welding

DNV GL Approves Permanent Underwater Wet Welding Repairs

;top-side” dry. DNV GL is pleased to announce that during the SMM in Hamburg, Subsea Global Solutions representatives Rick Shilling (Executive Vice President), Kevin Peters (Vice President) and Uwe Aschemeier (Sr. Welding Engineer) will receive the certificate from Dr. Robert Surma, (Head of Ship Systems & Components, DNV GL) on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 16:00 at the DNV GL booth (No. 207 in Hall B4.GF (ground floor), to celebrate this achievement in underwater ship repair and maintenance.  

LEGO contestants: (U.S. Navy photo by Nicholas Malay/Released)

Natural-Disasters Themed LEGO Navy Robotics Competition

, Carderock Division explains that the LEGO competition was held recently in the Maritime Technology Information Center in West Bethesda, Md. Elementary school student competitors Kevin Shan (left) and Nathan Greenidge are pictured here. Carderock is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and ship systems. For over 100 years, Carderock has helped preserve and enhance the nation's presence on and under the seas. Carderock is the full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy's ships, submarine, military watercraft, and unmanned

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