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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

Photo: Aquabotix

Aquabotix Scores USN Funding

Aquabotix Technology Corporation was granted an award of $78,000 in non-dilutive hardware integration funding from the United States Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) to deliver a solution geared towards unexploded ordnance missions for the United States Navy. After delivery, this solution will be incorporated into Aquabotix’s key product SwarmDiver or other unmanned underwater vehicles manufactured by Aquabotix, to support unexploded ordnance detection missions by the United States Navy and allied forces. Ordnance that was disposed of or did not explode when deployed in

Image: UUV Aquabotix

Aquabotix to Support U.S. Navy

to make a meaningful technical contribution in this field.Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continue to execute on our strategy of leaning on our strengths in the defense industry and of close engagement with governmental customers, particularly the United States Navy. As a member of iUPDC, Aquabotix will be afforded opportunities to bid on research and development and prototype maturation projects. Aquabotix is grateful to the Consortium for the confidence that this invitation shows in Aquabotix’s abilities. Participation in this Consortium provides

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

(Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Enters R&D Partnership with US Navy

, including its ranges and personnel, to test and demonstrate Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver product and other relevant technologies for this United States Naval laboratory and other interested parties.Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s CEO, commented, “We are honored to be co-operating with the United States Navy and believe that SwarmDiver can be a game changer for the U.S. and allied naval operations.&rdquo

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

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

Global map of the variations in the pull of gravity derived from satellite radar altimetry. http://topex.ucsd.edu/grav_outreach

Evolution of Ocean Exploration: Mapping the Seafloor with Geodesy

detailed maps of beneath the oceans’ surfaces.   “We’ve been doing this for a longtime – at first we got data from a satellite called Geosat which was a U.S. Navy satellite launched in 1985. A breakthrough in altimeter coverage became available in 1995 when the United States Navy declassified the data from their mapping missions. The next big breakthrough was the CryoSat-2 ESA, which maps of the changing topography of the icecaps and over the ocean. It’s really a wonderful platform because it has better accuracy and coverage than all previous altimeters,&rdquo

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

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 Future is Unmanned

and unmanned underwater assets on behalf of the MOD In-Service Submarine Team and rescue exercises involving the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS). BMT Cadence’ sister company, BMT Designers & Planners has also done a large amount of work in developing launch and recovery systems for United States Navy and United States Coast Guard aircraft and vessels.   Safe Deployment Before UUVs are deployed as more than just an R&D exercise there needs to be confidence that there are adequate safeguards in place to ensure that they won’t damage or harm any other ocean users that they

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

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

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

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

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

USNS Bowditch (Photo: U.S. Navy)

China to Return Seized US Underwater Drone

U.S. side's unilateral and open hyping up is inappropriate, and is not beneficial to the smooth resolution of this issue. We express regret at this," it added.   Trump, a Republican who takes office on Jan. 20, weighed into the dispute on Twitter on Saturday.   "China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act," Trump said in a tweet early on Saturday from his seaside resort club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where he plans to spend the holidays.   The Pentagon has said the drone

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