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U.S. Shipbuilding: Sec. Stackley Headlines ASSA-Hosted Roundtable

, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN RD&A).     ASSA will discuss major issues affecting the entire shipbuilding supplier industry with Secretary Stackley. This members only meeting is collocated (but unaffiliated) with the United States Navy League Sea Air Space Expo 2013 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.    For information on attending the roundtable, E-mail:  [email protected]   ASSA is non-profit organization dedicated to voicing concerns of the shipbuilding supplier

EOD Orders $8m in Seabotix ROVs

Bolt Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:BOLT) announced that SeaBotix Inc., its San Diego based underwater robotics vehicle systems unit, received orders totaling in excess of $8,000,000 from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) groups of the United States Navy. The robotic vehicles are scheduled to be shipped prior to March 31, 2014.

The shock trials are designed to demonstrate ship's ability to withstand the effects of nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability. Photo Austal

LCS 6 Completes Full Ship Shock Trials

. Last month, the Navy commenced FSST on JACKSON to validate her operational survivability after exposure to underwater shock. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said this test now completes the physical shock trial for the LCS programme and we note the positive reaction of the United States Navy following the trial. “We’re very pleased with the performance of JACKSON during these Full Ship Shock Trials following the extensive work programme that has been implemented on the ship to meet this standard. Whilst the Navy will continue to assess the results for several months

Deepsea Challenger in transit: Photo credit USN

Deepsea Challenger a Hit in Navy Museum

The record-breaking manned submersible was brought to the Navy Yard to be with the Trieste, which is housed in the National Museum of the United States Navy.
 The Navy museum says that a large number of school children stop by to see Deepsea Challenger, a submarine designed by James Cameron, Academy Award-winning film director and diver, and Ron Allum, Deepsea Challenger pilot. The craft was built to explore the Marianas Trench's deepest point of "Challenger Deep". In March of 2012, Cameron, diving solo in Deepsea Challenger, replicated the U.S. Navy's Bathyscaphe Trieste's 1960 dive of

Ray Sheldon

Sheldon Joins CDI

Sheldon has joined its Global Engineering and Technology Solutions (GETS) unit as Vice President of Naval Architecture and Systems Engineering.     Mr. Sheldon will lead CDI's greater Washington, DC, area operations, which provide advanced technology consulting and solutions to the United States Navy, US Coast Guard, and other defense and commercial clients.  Mr. Sheldon has extensive experience in the defense and maritime industries, most recently as Vice President responsible for Computer Science Corporation's Advanced Marine Center. "We are delighted to have an executive

Liquid Robotics Adds Three to Strategic Advisory Board

luminaries to their Strategic Advisory Board (SAB). The new members will join the existing advisory board comprised of 18 industry experts across the defense, foreign affairs, communications/technology and science industries.   The new advisors are: Admiral Timothy J. Keating, United States Navy (Ret.), former Commander of the United States Pacific Command whose mission was to preserve the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region with an area of responsibility for over 3.4 billion people and half the surface of the earth.  General Walter “Skip” Sharp

Figure 1. SST and Navy personnel recover STAFAC array in November, 2015. (Photo: SST)

SST Completes Engineering Project for the US Navy

system for power and telemetry. The system consists of two vertical high gain measurement system (HGMS) array structures moored in 4,000 feet of water; an underwater tracking and communication system; and a seafloor cable system (with shallow water junction box) for power and telemetry from the United States Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) shore facility on Andros Island to the underwater array. SST, with a Navy team, designed and installed the STAFAC mooring and mechanical systems, including a large A-frame (Figure 3) and has conducted all of the operations for maintenance

Photo: AXYS Technologies

WindSentinel Awaits US Navy Deployment

AXYS Technologies Inc. announced it has completed pre-commissioning of a WindSentinel platform for the United States Navy project to validate an offshore floating LiDAR wind resource assessment system. AXYS teamed up with Sound & Sea Technology (SST) as well as DNV GL to secure the U.S. Navy contract and supply the system. The LiDAR underwent an initial six month side by side testing process overseen by DNV GL in 2013. Upon passing this test the LiDAR was integrated onto the WindSentinel platform. AXYS and SST personnel assisted in the commissioning of the WindSentinel platform the week of May

Launching Drifter Buoys: Photo credit USN

Drifter Buoys Launched from Warship

physical oceanography research division. "We really welcome the opportunity to work together with the U.S. Navy 3rd Fleet. "
 Pacific Partnership is about bringing people together. The collaboration of the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the United States Navy demonstrates a cooperative approach to both disaster preparedness and prevention by working to understand the many variables that contribute to the long history of natural disasters that have earned the whole region the moniker, "The Pacific Ring of Fire."

AIS RX PRO special receiver

True Heading Bags Lockheed Martin Contract

today they will fulfill a major order from the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin. Building on a longstanding partnership, True Heading has been selected by Lockheed to supply the AIS RX PRO special receiver. Lockheed will use the receiver as part of its contract with the United States Navy to develop the BLQ-10 system. An electronic warfare support system for U.S. submarines, the BLQ-10 system provides automated intercept capability including: detection, classification, localization and identification of both radar and communications signals. The AIS RX PRO is designed specifically

Buoy with Protection Barrier: Photo credit AXYS

Offshore Buoy Needs Sea Lion Protection

with Sound and Sea Technology (SST) designed the barrier to ensure that seals and sea lions are prevented from climbing onto AXYS' WindSentinel offshore buoy during long term deployments in sea lion habitation areas. It has recently been constructed on the WindSentinel that will be deployed by the United States Navy off the West Coast of California. "The sea lions that inhabit the California coastal waters weigh around 300 Kg on average and our concern when deploying the WindSentinel is to ensure not only the safety of the equipment on deck, but also the safety of the sea lions.”" explains

Christening 'Sally Ride': Photo USN

Oceanographic R/V 'Sally Ride' Christened

at University of California San Diego. “The christening of this ship is not only a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the men and women who have brought this vessel from an idea to a reality, but also of the spirit of exploration and discovery shared by Sally Ride and the United States Navy,” said Mabus. “For decades to come, the men and women who will man this ship will look past the horizon, beyond man-made boundaries, searching, learning, and honoring the pioneer AGOR 28 is named after – the great Sally Ride.” The Neil Armstrong-class, of which R/V

Cuvier Beaked Whale: Image courtesy of Natacha Aguilar/Univ of La Laguna

New Ocean Research: Beaked Whales Dive Deepest

with Mid-Frequency Active (MFA) sonar exposure during military exercises. Though it has generated a great deal of scientific interest, the causal relationship between these strandings and sonar remains elusive. Field research work was funded by a grant to Cascadia Research Collective from the United States Navy (N45) via the Naval Postgraduate School, and other aspects of the research were sponsored elsewhere. Source: PLOS Journal: http://bit.ly/1iC8HcK      

Australia’s future submarine programme

Panel to Oversee Australian Submarine Program

that the competitive evaluation process remains sound, is conducted in accordance with probity and accountability principles, and that participants have been treated fairly and equitably. The members of the Expert Advisory Panel are: * Professor Donald Winter, a former Secretary of the United States Navy; * The Honourable Julie Anne Dodds‑Streeton, a former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia; *Mr Ron Finlay, one of Australia’s leading infrastructure specialists with extensive legal experience; and *Mr Jim McDowell, a member of the First Principles Review team with extensive

The German U-576 departs Saint-Nazaire, France, on the Atlantic coast, circa 1940-1942. The submarine was sunk in 1942 by aircraft fire after attacking and sinking the Nicaraguan freighter Bluefields and two other ships off North Carolina. (Credit: With permission from Ed Caram)

WWII Wrecks Found off North Carolina

Center; East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute; and SRI International. As part of the NOAA Battle of the Atlantic Research Project, extensive discussions took place with others including consultation with both Great Britain and Germany as well as the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard. State of the art marine technology provided high-resolution sonar imagery to corroborate historic and archival accounts of the final location and characteristics of each vessel

Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, guided missile destroyer USS Sampson and MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo Brett Cote)

US Navy Ships Exit AirAsia Search

effort coordinated by the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency with the U.S. Navy ships USS Sampson & USS Fort Worth, helicopters, and sonar equipment,” said U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake. “I commend the professionalism and dedication to the mission the sailors of the United States Navy exhibited while working in close coordination with their Indonesian counterparts. We are all pleased with the recovery of the black boxes and location of portions of the plane that we hope will shed some light on the cause of this tragedy. The United States offers condolences to the families

Planter at Georgetown, S.C. (Credit: Naval History and Heritage Command)

NOAA Close to Finding Civil War-Era Steamer

to highlight African-American maritime history through education, archaeology, science and underwater exploration.   Under the leadership of Robert Smalls, the ship's steersman, crew members navigated the steamer out of Charleston Harbor on May 12, 1862, and delivered the vessel to the United States Navy. The New York Herald called the escape "one of the most daring and heroic adventures since the war was commenced."   The notoriety generated by the escape and capture of the Planter led to Smalls eventually becoming the first African-American master in the U.S. Navy and a

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