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Marines test the future of oceanic reconnaissance at Marine Corps Base Hawaii using an Iver unmanned underwater vehicle (Marine Corp photo by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres.) The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Note: visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

US Marine Corps Awards UUV Contract to L3 OceanServer

L3 OceanServer announced Thursday it has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for an Iver3 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to be used for testing and evaluation.Over the past four years, L3 OceanServer has leveraged hundreds of thousands of operational hours on Iver vehicles to build a system with war fighter driven attributes. With more than 300 vehicles sold to various customers worldwide, the Iver is a commercial-off-the-shelf product that delivers the latest advances in technology with proven performance in real-world situations.The Iver is a purpose-built UUV

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

More than 300 high school and college engineering students tested their mechanical, electrical, computer and systems engineering skills, as well as their presentation skills and teamwork, while competing for cash prizes at the recent 20th International RoboSub Competition.   The week-long competition, cosponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International Foundation (AUVSIF), was held in San Diego at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Transducer Evaluation Center pool-a test facility filled with six million gallons of water to

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) survey ship HMAS Melville located the submerged aircraft (File photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Crashed US Military Aircraft Found off Australian Coast

An Australian Navy survey ship has located a U.S. military aircraft that crashed off the Australian northeast coast at the weekend and left three Marines missing, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.   The navy divers will conduct remotely operated underwater vehicle operations before considering sending down divers, Payne said in a statement.   The U.S. Marine Corps had suspended a search for the three Marines missing since the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed while on regular operations on Saturday. The Marines have described the incident as a "mishap" and

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

unmanned systems.   This week, the U.S. Navy is participating in the Joint Warrior exercise, which brings together more than 30 warships and submarines, 65 aircraft, and 5,700 uniformed participants from 18 NATO and allied nations in northwest Scotland. New this year, Joint Warrior includes the United Kingdom-hosted exercise: Unmanned Warrior, which adds more than 50 underwater, surface and airborne unmanned systems to the mix.   The U.S. Navy team has 10 technology projects in Unmanned Warrior along with approximately 40 additional efforts from industry and allied partners. Together, we

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, is briefed on the Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar (ACERM) during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) awareness day. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Big Data, 3D Printing and Robots

Marine Corps Commandant Touts ONR S&T       Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) Gen. Robert B. Neller recently visited the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to get a close-up look at some of the latest technologies being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps—from autonomous systems to virtual reality training devices.   During his visit, Neller met with Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter, as well as department heads and program officers, and expressed his appreciation for the science and technology being designed for the future force.   “The

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Senate Markup Provides Funding for Oceanographic Vessels

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved a Commerce, Justice, Science bill that would provide $75 million to build a new Regional Survey Vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and $159 million for the design and construction of three Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) for the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) lauded the measure, which is the first step to build new vessels essential for NOAA and NSF to maintain critical survey, data collection and research capacity.   “We

The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the U.K. National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

Riding the Waves and Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind.  For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island.  (See www.dwwind.com/press/#/1).  But recently, progress is also being made in the development of tidal and wave energy resources closer to shore, which are known as marine hydrokinetic or MHK resources. MHK projects generate electricity from waves or directly from

Sailors train on a new diesel generator simulator during a project review at Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Fla. The simulator, which uses high-fidelity 3D software. Pic by USN

3D-Simulator Generates Training, Expertise on Subs

  A new diesel generator simulator has been delivered to Pearl Harbor naval facilities by the TechSolutions program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), officials at ONR announced March 18. High-fidelity 3D software will allow Sailors to use 50-inch touch screens to see and access all parts of the massive generators aboard Virginia-class subs. The Navy's Virginia-class submarines are among the most technically advanced vessels ever built. But even these cutting-edge, fast-attack, nuclear-powered boats need emergency generators on hand and Sailors trained to operate and repair them.

Crew aboard the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored research vessel (R/V) Melville retrieve a wave buoy during an at-sea demonstration of the Environmental & Ship Motion Forecasting (ESMF) program.

Blue Tech Economic Engine Shifts into High Gear

San Diego’s “Blue Tech” cluster is making waves.  And like a high tide, the powerful “Blue Economy” is raising a lot of boats. What is the “Blue Economy?”  It has been defined as the sum of all economic activity having to do with oceans, seas, harbors, ports and coastal zones.  San Diego’s “Blue Economy” includes a growing cluster of maritime-related companies and organizations across 16 industry sectors including fish farming, desalination and clean water technology, subsea exploration, biomedicine, defense, marine recreation

Secretary of the Navy poses for a photo with Blueback Base members in Portland, Ore., after naming the next Virginia-class attack submarine USS Oregon (SSN 793).

Virginia-Class Submarine Named USS Oregon

   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony to announce that SSN 793, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Oregon.   During a ceremony held at the Battleship Oregon Memorial in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Mabus announced the submarine will be named to honor the long-standing history its namesake state has had with the Navy. Mabus also recognized USS Portland (LPD 27) which he named last year in honor of Oregon’s largest city.   “Sailors and Marines, like the citizens of Oregon throughout history, are pioneers. They are

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General Dynamics to Continue ACV Testing

  General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics is continuing work on an Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) solution for the U.S. Marine Corps. The recently awarded five-month contract extension, valued at $7 million, continues General Dynamics' ongoing work to determine the best option for developing an affordable, survivable and high water speed ACV platform for the Marine Corps. The effort includes flexibility and modularity analysis of the requirements, concept refinement and experimentation planning, which will help the Marine Corps understand the risks and determine

Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, Chief of Naval Research, introduces CHARLI-2 from Virginia Tech’s Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory during the Office of Naval Research (ONR) 2012 Science and Technology Partnership Conference. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

ONR and the Culture of Innovation and Invention

ONR & The Culture of Innovation and Invention: Adm. Matt Klunder, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Research MTR sister publication Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently had the honor to interview Rear Adm. Matt Klunder, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Research. Here we share select responses that are pertinent to the subsea sector. What are your near term, mid-term and long term science and technology (S&T) objectives?     It’s critical that our Sailors and Marines never go into a conflict as a fair fight.  Whether it’s a near-term threat we’re

Navy Offers Help Recovering Bombs from Great Barrier Reef

The U.S. Navy offered Australia assistance retrieving four bombsthat were mistakenly dropped inside the Great Barrier Reef marine park last week, Reuters reported. Civilian boats were allegedly spotted near their original target causing U.S. Navy Harrier fighter jets to drop the bombs, two inert and two carrying explosives but not armed. Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Scott Swift said the decision on whether to leave the bombs or retrieve them was up to the Australian government. The bombs were lying in 50 to 60 meters of water, posed little risk to the reef or shipping and could

Sally Ride (Photo: Scripps)

U.S. Navy Names Research Vessel to Honor Sally Ride

resource that allows University of California graduate students to proposes, design, and execute their own research programs at sea. Thousands of scientists, students, and government researchers use Scripps research vessels every year, making them the most widely used oceanographic vessels in the United States. Scripps operates one-fifth of the research vessels in the U.S. academic research fleet, and over the past four years Scripps ships carried nearly 4,200 people to sea. About half of these scientists are from Scripps and other University of California campuses, and the other half affiliated

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) 11-meter Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) during a training exercise conducted by Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, San Diego. The airborne launch shown here is not uncommon for such craft.  Landings are characterized by high-acceleration impacts that may be damaging to structure, mechanical and electrical systems, and people. (U.S. Navy photo)

U.S. Navy: New Software to Analyze Accelerations on High-speed Boats

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock engineers released a new software that provides the government, industry and academia a standardized method of analyzing data that is expected to improve high-speed craft design. The Standard G software uses a physics-based approach to analyze data recorded during wave-impact testing on watercraft and was developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. "Prior to this research, the complex nature of collecting, processing and analyzing [this] data

CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert talks to tidewater area Sailors during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

U.S. Navy Treading Water on Shipbuilding

Fleet, Force put Warfighting First: U.S. Navy still the World's “preeminent maritime force,” At the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and with a new Chief of Operations at the helm, the U.S. Navy continues to provide credible combat power with persistent presence around the world.  Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has set forth his “Sailing Directions” and “Navigation Plan” for the Navy, which sets forth priorities and informs the budget and acquisition process.  Meanwhile, the demand signal for the capabilities provided by the Navy

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