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Sonardyne’s Micro-Ranger 2 USBL system contains everything you need to track divers, ROVS and AUVs in a rugged case small enough to operate-anywhere, from anything. Photo by Tom Acton/Sonardyne

Advanced Acoustic Concepts selects Sonardyne for Subsea Target Tracking

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, a U.S.-based subsea weapon, sensors, and integrated systems specialist has chosen Sonardyne's subsea positioning technology to work for the US Department of Defense (DoD).Advanced Acoustic Concepts chose Sonardyne’s portable Micro-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) system to support its existing DoD programs and provide its operatives with increased situational awareness during open ocean missionsMicro-Ranger 2 is designed to provide everything needed to start tracking divers, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous or unmanned underwater vehicles, or any other

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UAE, Israel to Jointly Design Unmanned Military, Commercial Vessels

Emirati and Israeli state-owned weapons makers on Thursday signed a strategic agreement in Dubai to jointly design unmanned vessels capable of carrying out anti-submarine warfare.United Arab Emirates defense conglomerate EDGE and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the partnership on the final day of the biennial Dubai Airshow.In a joint statement, the firms said they would design the "170 M" advanced modular unmanned service vessels that would be able to be used for both military and commercial purposes.The deal comes after the UAE and Israel last year established diplomatic ties

Ship's sponsor Susan DiMarco christens pre-commissioning unit New Jersey (SSN 796) during ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo: HII)

US Navy Submarine New Jersey (SSN 796) Christened

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) christened pre-commissioning unit New Jersey (SSN 796) at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.“The christening is a Navy and shipbuilder tradition that celebrates the hard work and dedication of the women and men who are building this magnificent submarine, readying her for the next phase of construction, which includes launch, testing, sea trials and delivery to the Navy,” said Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. “We commemorate these American builders during a challenging time in our nation’s

The MSubs S201 XLUUV is being trialled by the UK’s Royal Navy to explore the potential capabilities of large uncrewed underwater vehicles for its future missions. (Photo: Sonardyne)

UK’s Test XLUUV Demonstrates Obstacle Avoidance Capabilities

An extra-large, uncrewed, underwater vehicle (XLUUV) built and operated by Plymouth-based MSubs Ltd has recently demonstrated advanced underwater obstacle avoidance technology, as part of the first phase of the UK’s Defense and Security Accelerator’s (DASA) ‘Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle Testbed – Opportunity to Integrate’ competition, run jointly with the Royal Navy and the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).Vigilant, developed by Wavefront and manufactured and commercialized by Sonardyne, is a navigation and obstacle avoidance sonar for ships, uncrewed

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Subsea Munitions Response: Government Funding Available for Environmental R&D

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Munitions Response program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.The Munitions Response program area supports

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Detyens to Overhaul US Navy Cable Layer

Detyens Shipyards Inc. has been awarded an $8,991,045 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul of U.S. Navy cable layer USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7), the Pentagon announced Friday.Work to be performed under the 90-calendar day shipyard availability includes services for the regular overhaul and dry-docking availability of the 513.5-foot vessel. The contract also contains 11 unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase cumulative contract value to $9,975,203.Work at the North Charleston, S.C. shipyard is expected to be completed by April 2, 2022.This contract was competitively procured via the beta.

Evologics Quadroin penguin inspired underwater vehicle. Image courtesy Hereon - Florian Büttner.

MTR100: When it Comes to Drones, Big is Good. <1m is Better.

Over the last couple of decades, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) have become fully established work horses of ocean mapping and surveillance. That doesn’t mean there’s not room for some innovation. Elaine Maslin takes a look at some activity in the sub-1m collaborative drone market.New breeds of AUV are on their way. Some are bigger, but there’s also a host of companies developing small (<1m), lower-cost AUVs to use in swarms, allowing either faster aerial coverage of the seabed or faster more three-dimensional sampling of bodies of water in shorter periods of time.It’s

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US Nuclear Sub Hits 'Object' in Asia-Pacific

U.S. Navy submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) hit an "object" while submerged in the Asia-Pacific region, but the incident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, the United States military said on Thursday.The incident took place on Saturday and the submarine's nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not impacted and remain operational, the Navy said in a statement."The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition," the Navy added.U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place in international waters in the South China Sea and

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Finnish Underwater Warfare Exhibition opens in Forssa

Forum Marinum Maritime Center has opened the Underwater Warfare Exhibition at DA-Group’s headquarters in Forssa, an exhibition opened today by Finland's Minister of Defense, Mr. Antti Kaikkonen.Finland has more than a 100-year experience in underwater warfare, its threats and development of defense methods. The Forum Marinum Foundation has a vast collection of underwater warfare items dating back from the time before Finland’s independence all the way to the present day. This material has, until now, been stored in challenging conditions with a limited public access.The cooperation

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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

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

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