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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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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,

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

missions 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

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

vessels 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&rsquo

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UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

vehicles and autonomous sensors in a safe, controlled and realistic environment in the Solent. Backed by a comprehensive safety case, the service will make use of a secure maritime communications network and a mobile command and control centre, featuring the same technology BAE Systems provides to U.K. Royal Navy platforms.   The new service was announced during a two-day launch event at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney, Portsmouth, attended by more than 100 guests from autonomous systems providers, local businesses, academia, the Armed Forces and other interested parties.   BAE Systems&rsquo

SEA’s global ANPS map (Image: SEA)

UK Navy Upgrades Ambient Noise Prediction System

Cohort company SEA said it has been awarded a U.K. Ministry of Defense contract to upgrade the Ambient Noise Prediction System (ANPS) for the U.K. Royal Navy.   The ANPS takes meteorological and oceanographic forecasts, together with oceanographic databases and performs complex acoustic propagation calculations to produce regular forecasts of ambient noise conditions in the ocean. The results enable the U.K. Royal Navy vessels to plan operations and improve the effectiveness of their sonars, allowing them to adjust elements such as sonar frequencies and depths accordingly.   Noise

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

A little more than a year ago, 40 global research and defense companies met to discuss how unmanned systems could be used by the world’s armies, air forces and navies in the defense systems of the future. This led to the British Royal Navy staging its first ‘robot wars’ last fall to give companies the chance to demonstrate their latest technology in a realistic workout. In the largest exercise of its kind ever staged, ‘Unmanned Warrior’, held off the coasts of Scotland and Wales, provided an international showcase for industry to demonstrate what autonomous systems can do

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UK Royal Navy Contracts SEA for Sonar Support

Cohort plc company SEA won a contract by the UK Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) to provide support to a range of UK Royal Navy acoustic and sonar underwater systems fitted to the surface and sub-surface fleets. The two year deal to deliver the MoD Underwater Systems Architecture Advisory Service (USAAS) combines all Maritime Combat System Underwater Electronic Warfare (MCS-UEW) sonar support and advice requirements within a single program for the first time.   It is valued at around $1.27 million and will task SEA with providing advice and support for the Sonar 2150; Sonar 2054 Inboard Replacement;

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Thales Ready for UK Navy Unmanned Systems Test

Thales will play a major role in a large U.K. Royal Navy demonstration this month to determine the feasibility of using unmanned systems in a maritime environment.   Unmanned Warrior, the largest demonstration of its kind in the U.K., will bring together Thales and around 40 participants from the Ministry of Defense, industry and academia to assess unmanned systems in a realistic military setting.   Thales expects to achieve two firsts in the development of its unmanned technology capabilities during the event. The key Thales participants will be the Watchkeeper unmanned air system (UAS)

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Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment.   Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations from defense, industry and academia in October, representing the largest exercise of its kind.    More than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems from across defense and industry will be deployed the Ministry of Defense exercise centered around the U.K. coast of Scotland and West Wales.   As an

Naval divers return to the wreck of HMS Royal Oak to replace her White Ensign (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

World War II Torpedo Found at Scapa Flow

U.K. Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have found a German torpedo from World War II at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.   The torpedo was found on the seabed March 1 after a recent routine sonar survey on behalf of Orkney Islands Council. It was also filmed using an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV).   Footage showed a seven-meter-long suspected torpedo and Northern Diving Group (NDG) were soon alerted to the incident.    Lieutenant Commander Tony Hampshire who is Commanding Officer of NDG and who attended the scene, said, “After examining the video footage of the

Autonomy by (Software) Design

purpose Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) as part of a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) contract. This integration enabled the USV to act as a relay to an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) squad. This is an important step needed in order to enable over-the-horizon UUV operations. The UK Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (MASTT) also attended Pax River with their recently delivered autonomy demonstration system for MCM. This is a high level autonomous demo involving inputs from multiple nations and demonstrating SeeByte’s Neptune software which is the core open autonomy

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.   The 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long Artful left BAE Systems’ construction yard at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria several days ago before sailing to her new home at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde.   HMNB Clyde will become a home for the Royal Navy’s submarines and associated support by 2020, creating a submarine centre of

Successor submarine (Photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Secures £2million Defense Contracts

equipping the company with armoring expertise, to offer custom-designed single and multi-layered steel armored cables in galvanized improved steel and corrosion resistant steels.     Last year, Hydro Group was awarded a £2million defense contract to aid BAE Systems in equipping the U.K. Royal Navy with its future long term nuclear submarine deterrent capability. The group’s expertise and experience resulted in it being selected to design, develop and qualify a range of connectorised through hull penetrators, highlighting the significant capabilities of Hydro Group’s engineers

Hydro Group Secures UK Defence Contract

next two years. Hydro Group has been selected by BAE Systems to design, develop and qualify a range of connectorised through hull penetrators. These connectors are being developed for the Successor program as a replacement to the Vanguard class fleet of nuclear submarines, which will equip the U.K. Royal Navy with its long-term nuclear deterrent capability. Graham Wilkie, Hydro Group Sales Director, said, “This contract is a significant step for Hydro Group, and reinforces the company’s 25 year commitment to supporting submarine system requirements. The project will engage a dedicated

Commodore Guy Robinson from Navy Command Headquarters shaking hands with Geraint West, the NOC’s Director of National Marine Facilities after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding

NOC Enters Partnership with UK Royal Navy

The National Oceanography Center and the Royal Navy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable cooperation on a variety of activities relating to marine autonomous systems with a particular focus on gliders. The Royal Navy does not currently have a mature glider capability, so working with the National Oceanography Center (NOC) will provide the basis for trialing and understanding how the gliders can best be used. Director of National Marine Facilities at the NOC, Geraint West, said, “The NOC is pleased to be able to apply its world-leading capabilities and considerable experience

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