Subsea Defense News

Meet LT Laura Dwyer: NOAA Officer, Navy Oceanographer

LT Laura Dwyer looks like any other young Navy oceanography officer working with the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NAVOCEANMIWCEN) operating unmanned vehicles and analyzing sonar bottom data to help find mines. She wears the uniform and is a division officer and deploys and just had her three-year tour extended six months."I lead 10 Sailors in the operation of unmanned underwater vehicles and post-mission analysis in expeditionary mine countermeasure companies (ExMCM Co) and mine counter measures (MCM) operations worldwide," she said.Except, she's not a Navy officer.In May 2018

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Aquabotix to Support U.S. Navy

UUV Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the U.S., announced its agreement to support the U.S. Navy’s Forward Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO) program as a member of the Innovative Undersea Prototype Development Consortium (iUPDC).Historically, unmanned underwater vehicle use has been challenged by limitations in endurance and difficulties in transferring data. FDECO’s publicly-stated mission is to seek to prototype a forward deployed, open, scalable and coordinated undersea energy replenishment, data management, and communications

USS Boise (SSN 764) arrives at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to begin its 25-month extended engineering overhaul (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)

Newport News Begins Nuclear Sub Overhaul

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun scheduled overhaul work on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Boise (SSN 764).The Los Angeles-class submarine arrived at Newport News on Monday and will undergo planned maintenance and repair activities pierside before it will be moved to a dry dock in January 2019. The extended engineering overhaul, which includes system upgrades, will take 25 months and is expected to be completed in 2021.“Submarine fleet support work represents a significant increase in our workload and provides a critical balance for

ION, Greensea Ink Joint Marketing Agreement

in the military while providing Greensea with options to integrate ION sensor technology into a growing number of navigation systems. Greensea and ION have already collaborated to integrate ION’s optical magnetic heading sensor into Greensea’s INSpect navigation system to dramatically improve subsea vehicle navigation accuracy in remote GPS-deprived environments.“I am really pleased with how quickly we have adapted our technology to solve similar challenges in other industries,” commented Chris Usher, Executive Vice President of ION’s Operations Optimization group. “Greensea

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Forum is Building a Submarine Rescue Vehicle

systems. The ROV and SRV will be delivered in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and integrated by SMP with additional equipment for delivery to a navy in the Far East.The SRV, an onboard piloted rescue submarine, is similar to Perry’s design of rescue vessels, and will incorporate a unumber of high-tech subsea vehicle technologies. The SRV will be capable of operating in depths greater than 500 meters, carrying a maximum of 19 people and will be fully integrated with a hyperbaric rescue facility supplied by SMP. The SRV and ROV will be designed and manufactured at Forum’s facility in Kirkbymoorside

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Aquabotix Joins the SENEDIA Alliance

Underwater vehicle manufacturer UUV Aquabotix Ltd announced it has joined an alliance that seeks to identify, champion and coordinate issues that contribute to the national security of the U.S., with a particular focus on thought leadership and technical innovation in undersea technologies.The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) supports open dialogue and increased engagement between the U.S. industrial base and Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, and participation in SENEDIA supports Aquabotix’s goal of continuing to strengthen its ties to these

Knifefish mine countermeasure UUV (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Knifefish UUV Completes Sea Acceptance Tests

General Dynamics Mission Systems announced its team has completed all stages of formal Sea Acceptance Testing (SAT) of Knifefish, the U.S. Navy's Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system.Knifefish is a medium-class MCM UUV intended for deployment from the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship and other Navy vessels. The vehicle is designed to reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.The recent tests were conducted off the coast of Boston using Navy mine test targets and included

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Aquabotix Enters R&D Partnership with US Navy

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has entered into a special purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport.Division Newport of NUWC is a Federal laboratory of the U.S. Department of Navy whose substantial purpose is the performance of research, development, and engineering. Under the CRADA signed between Aquabotix and the U.S. Navy, Aquabotix will gain access to the Narragansett Bay Test Facility (NBTF), including its ranges and personnel, to test and demonstrate Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver product and other relevant technologies

The William B Morgan Large Cavitation Channel (LCC) is a large variable-pressure closed-loop water tunnel that has been operated by the U.S. Navy in Memphis since 1991. This facility is well designed for a wide variety of hydrodynamic and hydroacoustic tests. Its overall size and capabilities allow test-model Reynolds numbers to approach, or even achieve, those of full-scale air- or water-borne transportation systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Tests Scale Models in Big Facilities

Inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock DivisionThe Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md., is one of the world’s leading centers for surface and underwater hydrodynamic expertise, research and design, to include world-class facilities for experimentation, testing, evaluation and validation.“We build scale models of ship designs and can test these hull forms in our facilities to measure hydrodynamic load on the structure or evaluate seakeeping abilities,” said Mike Brown, head of Carderock’s Naval Architecture and Engineering Department.

Hamina-Class Corvette (right) pictured next to a Rauma-Class vessel (Photo: Kongsberg)

Finnish Defense Forces Upgrade Naval Sonars

be rapidly deployed for high speed maneuvering in addition to full stop (dipping mode). The unique ST2400 VDS is a compact package with Omni-directional coverage and performance that can overcome challenging acoustic environments while not limiting the vessel’s maneuverability.Kongsberg Maritime Subsea Naval, Director of Sales, Thomas Hostvedt Dahle said: “The Finnish Navy has been our key partner from the early development of the first ST240 VDS in the 90’s to the latest version of the ST2400 VDS that we have today. It has been field tested in challenging conditions in the very shallow

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Williams Joins Phoenix in GM Role

Marine services contractor Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. announced that Chris Williams has joined the company as general manager (GM) of its Norfolk, Va. office.In addition to his GM duties, Williams will manage Phoenix’s U.S. Navy Diving Services Contract, providing underwater ship repair capability to U.S. Navy ships worldwide.Williams is a retired U.S. Navy Engineering Duty Officer and diver with extensive experience coordinating technically challenging marine engineering projects around the globe. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering

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New Launch and Recovery System for USVs

The market for unmanned surface vehicles (USV) has exploded in recent years, leading to an increased availability and variation of systems for a wide range of operations.Having observed a lack of suitable launch and recovery options for these vehicles, U.S. based RC Dock has created a universal low-cost launch and recovery system (LARS) built especially for USVs.Many operators find that launching and recovering USVs, especially in rough seas at speed, prove difficult, limiting the overall usability of these systems, RC Dock said.The company’s LARS is a self-floating dock that can be operated

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F21 Torpedo Launch Test from Nuclear Attack Sub

Naval Group performed a new launch of the F21 torpedo in the frame of the Artémis program led by the French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement -DGA). In the medium term, the DGA aims to equip all the French Navy's submarines with this heavy torpedo. This launch was performed early May from a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). The F21 was launched under the authority of the DGA in a DGA Missiles Testing’s underwater acoustic range off the Hyères coast. "This new successful test from a nuclear submarine is part of the F21

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) to undertake research in support of autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The five-year project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring

Peruvian Submarines Set to Receive New Static Converters

ECA Group said it has been awarded a contract under the Peruvian Navy’s submarine modernization program.ECA Group signed a contract with the shipyard SIMA and the Peruvian Navy for the replacement of the 16 units of static converters 115V / 400Hz and 115V / 60Hz aboard four type-U209 v.1200 submarines: BAP Angamos (SS 31), BAP Antofagasta (SS 32), BAP Pisagua (SS 33) and BAP Chipana (SS 34).Peru decided to upgrade four of its Type 209 submarines in 2015 and commenced the nearly seven years long modernization program in 2017.The modernization work, which includes hull separation and modernizing

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has completed military standard certification testing of the KATFISH-M, a ruggedized version of Kraken’s KATFISH Towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar Platform.KATFISH-M incorporates a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) in a compact, lightweight and hydro-dynamically stable towed body. It uses advanced signal processing and algorithms to provide real-time, detection and classification against underwater mine threats.Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “This military standard certification enables Kraken to address over $100

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Britain Awards $3.3 Bln in Submarine Work to BAE Systems

Britain on Monday awarded defence firm BAE Systems 2.4 billion pounds ($3.26 billion) to work on two submarine programmes, the company said in a statement.The Ministry of Defence gave BAE a 1.5 billion pound contract for delivery of the seventh Astute class submarine, and a further 900 million pounds for the next phase of the Dreadnought submarine program, the company said.($1 = 0.7364 pounds)(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Kate Holton)

Riptide, Draper Deliver Open Architecture Autonomy

Riptide Autonomous Solutions and Draper agreed to implement Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) on all Riptide Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) delivered to the U.S. Government.    Draper developed MOAA for the U.S. Government as an extensible open architecture framework for autonomous mission controllers for autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs). MOAA capabilities have been demonstrated at-sea on multiple AUV classes with capabilities applicable to various undersea mission areas. This work represents millions of dollars of investment and decades of research and development.   D

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Italian Navy Divers Practice with Explosives

A team of Italian specialist Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers carried out mine-countermeasures training on Friday, April 13, to prepare for potential threats that may affect international shipping and delay essential sea cargoes.As part of the training, the EOD divers from Italian Navy Frigate ITS Margottini put a floating ‘dummy’ mine into the sea and then carried out a controlled explosion.ITS Margottini is currently deployed on counter-piracy operations as part of EU NAVFOR’s Op Atalanta. EU NAVFOR warships have been committed, since December 2008, to ensure the

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Trump Administration Grants License for Taiwan Submarine Project

The Trump administration has approved the marketing license required for American manufacturers to sell technology to Taiwan that would allow for building domestic submarines, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported on Saturday.The news agency said Taiwan Ministry of National Defense Chen Chung-chi confirmed that the U.S. Department of State had agreed to grant the license needed to sell the technology to Taiwan that it would need to build its own submarine.The U.S. State Department declined to confirm the details of the news report.A State Department official said the agency continued to review

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Saab Control System for Collins Class Subs

Saab announced it has signed a A$24.2 million (US$18.5 million) contract with ASC for supply of an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarines.   ISCMMS provides maneuvering and fully integrated ship management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services. Deliverables under the contract include updated hardware and spares that addresses obsolescence issues and maintains regional superiority edge for the Australian submarines.   “Saab Australia carried out design, software and hardware

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Naval Group Engages KBR in SEA1000 Project

 Naval Group has formally signed a Design Services Subcontract (DSSC) with local engineering company, KBR, to assist with the concept design of the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia.   The submarine construction yard concept design will include the facilities and infrastructure required to construct a fleet of twelve regionally superior Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.   Through the DSSC, KBR will support Naval Group to deliver the concept design for the Future Submarine yard to the

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USS Colorado Commissioned

 Colorado is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state and was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.    "To the crew of USS Colorado, this is your day" said Mabus, addressing the crowd and ship's company during the ceremony. "The commissioning crew truly does bring life to the boat. The pride I feel for the crew of this boat knows no bounds."    As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both

Lt. Anthony Matus uses an XBox controller to maneuver the photonic mast aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Colorado (SSN 788). Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned March 17, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

US Navy to Commission Submarine USS Colorado

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during a ceremony Saturday, March 17, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Annie Mabus, daughter of 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Colorado is a true marvel of technology and innovation, and it shows the capability that our industrial partners bring to

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US Navy Submarines Surface in the Arctic Circle

 A pair of U.S. Navy submarines recently surfaced in the Arctic Circle as part of multinational maritime 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

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GD Mission Systems: Full-throttle Charge toward Autonomy

design, build and support of a broad array of subsurface, surface, air, airport and strategic subsystems, meaning he is perfectly positioned to lead MTR’s ‘vehicles’ edition, as in 2018 our attention turns from a specific products and systems, to the holistic web of connectivity between subsea, surface, land-, air- and space-based assets.   Please give a description of the business unit you lead and your responsibilities. I run the Maritime and Strategic Systems (M&SS) line of business for General Dynamics Mission Systems, part of General Dynamics Corporation. M&SS is a

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,

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