Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Subsea Minehunter: RE2 nabs $9.5m Development Deal from ONR

RE2 Robotics received a $9.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to create an underwater robotic system for the autonomous neutralization of underwater mines for the U.S. Navy. The program, called Maritime Mine Neutralization System (M2NS), will use the RE2 Sapien Sea Class system to precisely place and attach neutralization devices to underwater mines and water-borne improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs).RE2 will serve as the systems integrator for this program. In addition to RE2 Sapien Sea Class, the M2NS will use components, including RE2’s advanced computer vision and

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Greensea Strengthens Support of Special Ops Program

Greensea Systems, creator of OPENSEA, the universal open architecture software platform for the marine industry, announced the recent hiring of Luis Mejia as Program Manager for SOF Technologies to support Greensea’s continued growth in the military sector. Mejia served in the U.S. Military as a combat diver in Special Operations Forces (SOF) for more than 23 years. He found this open position at Greensea while participating in The Honor Foundation, a nonprofit organization assisting with the transition of SOF service members to the civilian sector.“Greensea is committed to making the RNAV2

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Greek Navy Procures New Life-Support Pods

Forum Energy Technologies (FET) delivered two of its emergency life support store (ELSS) pods to the Hellenic Navy. The contract, which marks FET’s first supply to Greece’s naval force, will see the business manufacture the two pods at its facility in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire, UK.  ELSS pods are pressure-tight storage vessels used by naval units as part of a submarine rescue system. In the event of a submarine crew becoming stranded below sea, FET’s ELSS pods are able to deliver life-preserving materials such as medical equipment and supplies to the crew until a full rescue can

General Atomics Wins Contract for LDUUV Motor and ESS

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced it has been awarded a design contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a concept for integrating a unique GA-EMS motor and next generation power system into a Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV). The planned systems will provide the LDUUV with power for propulsion and an energy storage system to support improved system performance necessary for future LDUUV operations.“Our energy and battery systems have been successfully demonstrated and proven safe for use on a variety of underwater manned and

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VideoRay Scores $7M Navy Mission Specialist Defender Purchase

order for additional Mission Specialist Defender systems for the U.S. Navy MESR program. These ROV systems are being built at VideoRay headquarters in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and will ship through the end of the calendar year. Each system includes software, sensors, and tooling from Greensea, Blueprint Subsea, Nortek and Eddyfi Technologies.This order is VideoRay's third order for the program since its first award in 2019. In addition to shipments to the US Navy, VideoRay sells and supports systems to several allied navies around the world. Similar system sales to commercial customers with demanding

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Eco Wave Power Tech for Israeli Navy

Wave energy technology company Eco Wave Power has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Israeli Navy, to examine the feasibility of installing the Eco Wave Power technology in the Navy's bases.Eco Wave Power will start the procurement and deployment of wave measuring systems to collect extended wave data, in one to three potential locations in the Navy bases, while the Navy will secure all permits for the deployment of the wave measuring equipment. "The Navy’s specialized diving team will install the measurement equipment in the territorial waters of the Navy’s bases.

L3Harris Iver3 AUV operating live during the 2021 Winterfest at Lake Saint Clair in Tasmania, Australia. Image courtesy L3Harris

L3Harris Demos Live Underwater Autonomy @ Winterfest 2021 in Australia

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX), in collaboration with underwater systems partner Marine Tech Systems (MTS), has demonstrated live underwater autonomy capabilities during the 2021 Winterfest at Lake Saint Clair in Tasmania, Australia.L3Harris was a participant in this year's Winterfest event, August 3-6, demonstrating its Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) conducted by MTS. AMC Search, the training and consultancy division of the Australian Maritime College, hosted its annual Autonomous Maritime System(AMS) event at Lake Saint Clair to conduct individual and collaborative capabilities while

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Seminar: NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute - Exploring the US’s Blue Frontier

Please join us Aug. 11th at 3 p.m. EDT for a one-hour seminar on the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), with Director Adam Soule and Manager Aurora Elmore. Opening remarks will be provided by NOAA acting Chief Scientist Craig McLean, Ocean Exploration Trust President Bob Ballard and NOAA Ocean Exploration acting Director Genene Fisher. This is the first in a six-part series and we invite you to attend and engage with presenters in live Q&A. Visit oeci.org/events/nsss to participate and see the full schedule.Background: The Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) is a NOAA-funded

Photo of USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) Constructed by Halter Marine for the U.S. Navy. Courtesy of Halter Marine and the U.S. Navy.

Halter Marine Wins Deal to Build US Navy Oceanographic Survey Ship

Pascagoula, Miss. shipbuilder Halter Marine announced on Thursday it has been awarded a $149 million contract for the detail design and construction of an oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) for the U.S. Navy.“This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by adding a third government program to its shipyard along with the Polar Security Cutter and Auxiliary Personnel Lighter-Small programs. With this contract award, Halter Marine will add approximately 250 highly skilled jobs allowing for the continued development and expansion of our workforce,” said Bob Merchent

The dual screen set up of EOD Workspace Simulator. Operator view is on the left, supervisor view on the right. Photo courtesy Greensea

New EOD Workspace Simulator from Greensea, GRi

Greensea Systems has launched the new EOD Workspace Simulator. The new simulator, created in partnership with GRi Simulations, incorporates a physics engine based on actual subsea vehicle models which provides the realism needed to prepare operators, technicians, and other subject matter experts to be successful in critical real-world subsea environments when using EOD Workspace in the field. EOD Workspace Simulator will be offered for sale to military groups actively using EOD Workspace.“Operators using the simulator are flying EOD Workspace and the system is working exactly like it

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US Navy Christens Submarine Hyman G. Rickover

The U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarine, future USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795), was christened during a ceremony at General Dynamics’ Electric Boat shipyard facility in Groton, Conn., July 31.“This submarine is a fitting tribute to Admiral Rickover, who truly transformed our Navy,” said Adm. James Caldwell, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, during his remarks at the celebration.Caldwell credited Rickover – who served for 63 years in the Navy and is credited with spurring the service to adopt nuclear propulsion after World War II – with not

Neil Gordon, Chief Executive at Subsea UK

VIDEO: Subsea UK and the Creation of the “Global Underwater Hub”

Subsea UK is embarking on a new adventure as The Global Underwater Hub, a new organization with already nearly $18 million in funding. ‘The Hub’ aims to leverage the UK’s strong maritime heritage, as well as its underwater expertise that transcends offshore defense and research. Subsea UK has been around nearly 20 years, set up to champion the UK subsea industry. It was fortuitous timing, as that $2.7B CapEx industry in oil and gas grew to more than $12B by 2013. Neil Gordon, Chief Executive at Subsea UK, discusses the path ahead.While Subsea UK was formed in 2003 to champion the UK

Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard, officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard. Created with support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), EMILY is a remote-controlled buoy that recently was used to rescue nearly 300 Syrian migrants from drowning in the waters off the Greek island of Lesbos. (Photo courtesy of Hydronalix/Released)

EMILY: Hydronalix Finds new Uses for Unmanned Surface Vessel Technology

EMILY may be a small unmanned surface vessel (USV), but she’s a big idea that keeps getting bigger.EMILY is the Emergency Integrated Life-saving Lanyard, made Hydronalix of Sahuarita, Ariz.  It is a rugged, light-weight flotation device for up to six people that can also bring them back to shore and safety. The remotely-controlled USV can be rapidly deployed from the shore, off a bridge, or from a boat or aircraft to help people in danger of drowning. EMILY was launched by Hydronalix CEO Tony Mulligan and Executive VP Bob Lautrup with a series of Navy sponsored Small Business Innovation

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HNLSM Snellius Modernization Complete, Ship Returns to RNLN

The hydrographic survey vessel HNLMS Snellius was returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) following its midlife upgrade at Damen Shipyards Den Helder, a nearly one year-long project with a diverse scope of work.The Defensie Materieel Organization (DMO, the Defense Materiel Organisation of the Dutch Ministry of Defence) and the Directie Materële Instandhouding (DMI – the Directorate for Materiel Conservation) were responsible for the major maintenance work on the ship, and together they commissioned the yard in Den Helder to carry out both the mid-life update and the necessary multi-annu

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Coda Octopus Names CEO of U.S. Subsidiary Colmek

Subsea sonar specialist Coda Octopus on Tuesday said it had appointed Kevin Kane as Chief Executive Officer of its US subsidiary, Coda Octopus Colmek, Inc. based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides solutions for the defense industry."Mr. Kane is a highly experienced defense industry leader who has worked extensively with military and government customers in the U.S and more than 50 countries worldwide. Mr. Kane most recently served as vice president, international business development, for the L3Harris Technologies’ Communications Systems segment," Coda Octopus said.Prior to the

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‘Boaty McBoatface’ Robotic Submarine to Visit End-of-life Oil and Gas Fields

The UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has secured funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which will take robot submarine ‘Boaty McBoatface’ around end-of-life oil and gas fields. The Autonomous Techniques for infraStructure Ecological Assessment (AT-SEA) project, led by the NOC will trial the concept of using submarines like Boaty for high-tech, low-impact monitoring to pick up any potential environmental impacts at these sites, NOC said.The NOC has received £670,000 in funding from the UK NERC as part of the Influence of Man-made Structures in the

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Final Autonomous Minehunting Boat Delivered to UK Royal Navy

The British Royal Navy said it has taken delivery of its third and final autonomous minehunting boat.RNMB Hebe, named after the ancient Greek goddess of youth, joins sister vessels Harrier and Hazard as part of the Royal Navy’s crewless minehunting program Project Wilton. Together, the three vessels are key components in the future of minehunting operations for the navy. The boats are capable of working in different configurations – manually, remotely or autonomously – to detect and classify mines and maritime ordnance.The Project Wilton team are currently undertaking comprehensiv

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New Zealand Navy orders four REMUS 300 UUVs

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that the Royal New Zealand Navy has placed the first international order for four REMUS 300 unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).Duane Fotheringham, president of the Unmanned Systems business group in HII’s Technical Solutions division, said, “Technology has progressed significantly over the past few years, and the REMUS 300 represents one of the most advanced man-portable UUVs on the market today.”New Zealand has a fleet of six REMUS 100 UUVs that are used for mine countermeasures and underwater survey operations. The Royal New Zealand

Illustration only - A Kraken subsea battery - Credit; Kraken

Kraken Signs CRADA on Pressure Tolerant Batteries with US Navy

Canadian subsea technology company Kraken Robotics has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD). Under the CRADA, the Battery Certification and Integration Branch, Code 636 of NSWC Carderock, will test Kraken’s pressure tolerant lithium-ion batteries. The testing is expected to take four months to complete and is expected to start in calendar Q3 of this year.Kraken President & CEO Karl Kenny said: "We are excited to enter into a CRADA with NSWC Carderock. Since 2018, we have delivered our 6000-meter

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