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Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

The Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) brings German engineering prowess and cooperation to the fore.   As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.   The project brings several notable

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Lockheed Martin to Design an Extra Large UUV for the US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $43.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the design of its next autonomous underwater vehicle.   The Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) Orca is a two phase competition, including the currently awarded design phase and a competitive production phase for up to nine vehicles to meet increasing demands for undersea operational awareness and payload delivery.   Lockheed Martin said it will design long-range autonomous vehicle to perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay. Key attributes include extended vehicle range

Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School   of Marine Science. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Margaret Leinen: Putting the Oceans in Focus

At the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop in San Diego, Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Science in her keynote address said that there are many positive signs regarding the interest, focus and funding for the health and future of the world's oceans.   "To see the United Nations focus on the oceans is a real game-changer for all of us," sadi Leinen. "For the first time in, forever, the focus is on the oceans."   Leinen served as a keynote speaker at the Teledyne

Oliver Steeds, Chief Executive, Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Oliver Steeds Opens Teledyne Marine Conference

Workshop, which kicked off Monday, October 16, 2017 in San Diego, Calif., at the Catamaran Resort. The event attracted more than 270 registrants from around the globe, to meet with more than 100 representatives from Teledyne Marine to discuss emerging topics and technologies in the global ocean and subsea space. Steeds compared funding for space exploration to funding for ocean exploration during his presentation entitled "The Next Great Odyssey of Human Endeavor: Exploring the Oceans," in calling for a cooperation among science, business and governments to explore the deep ocean. "

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy.   The 15th ship of the Virginia Class, Colorado is the fifth of the eight-ship group known as Block III. According to the builder, these ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For Affordability (DFA) program.   “This delivery demonstrates the skill and commitment of everyone involved in the Virginia-c

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

 A crewed mothership shaped like a manta ray, unmanned eel-like 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

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Undersea Technology: A Strategic Rhode Island Advantage

 In 1869, the U.S. Navy’s first research facility—the Naval Torpedo Station—was built on Newport, Rhode Island’s Goat Island. This rich history continues today, as the state is home to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, which provides the technical foundation to ensure the U.S. Navy’s undersea superiority. Fitting for “the Ocean State,” we have identified more than 170 Rhode Island organizations that touch undersea technology—and we believe that is a conservative count. We are a cluster leader not just in New England but indeed in the entire country.

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BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

BMT has launched VENARI-85, a new mine countermeasure (MCM) concept design said it be capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, while simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world. According to BMT, VENARI-85 offers a flexible platform that is capable of a spectrum of roles which is future-proofed and able to evolve as technology advances in the unmanned and offboard systems markets take shape.   Combining BMT’s ship design pedigree with QinetiQ’s integration expertise, and drawing upon the experience of mine warfare

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

 The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21.   The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment.   "The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today," said Secretary of the Navy

At the DEMA Show 2017 (L-R):  Aquabotix Chief Development Officer Ted Curley; Audrey Darley, Director of Vendor Relations for Darley; and Henry “Ace” Thrift, Director of Business Development, Navy/SOCUM/Federal Team. (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds US Distributor

UUV Aquabotix Ltd said it has added W.S. Darley & Co., a 100-year-old designer, manufacturer and distributor of firefighting, defense and emergency services equipment, as a distributor in the U.S. Through the partnership, Aquabotix will work closely with Darley Defense, a specialty division of Darley that markets new and existing products to the U.S. Department of Defense, to provide its underwater vehicles and camera systems to the U.S. Navy.   “[Darley] will be an important partner in support of our growing U.S. Navy business with our Endura ROVs and new Hybrid AUV/ROV,” said

U.S. Navy Knifefish mine countermeasures UUV swims along the surface off the coast of Boston during final contractor sea trials earlier this fall. (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Knifefish UUV Completes Contractor Trials

A specialist team from General Dynamics Mission Systems recently demonstrated the unique capabilities of the Knifefish, a medium-class mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), during contractor trials for the U.S. Navy.   The trials were conducted off the coast of Boston and were managed by General Dynamics Mission Systems, the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The Knifefish UUV operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea using buried, bottom and volume type mine-test targets, and demonstrated its ability to detect, classify and identify potential mines at a

The ST2400 VDS is a Varial Depth Sonar for Anti-Submarine Warfare applications (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Naval Sonars for Göteborg-Class Corvettes

the ST2400 VDS include omni and sector transmission, electronic map overlay, sound propagation model, advanced tracking and detection, as well as a built-in simulator for training. The system overcomes traditional towed array sonar issues with ambiguity, buoyancy and omni coverage. Kongsberg Maritime Subsea Naval, Director of Sales, Thomas Hostvedt Dahle said: “The Royal Swedish Navy has seen the ST2400 VDS in action on our test vessel in Horten (Norway) and experienced its capabilities already operated by the Finnish Navy in Baltic exercises. The ST2400 VDS is unique as it’s a compact package

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) at Naval Station Norfolk. Washington is the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the State of Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Class Joshua M. Tolbert)

USS Washington Commissioned

The U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), was officially commissioned during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on October 7.   Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, is the 14th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy's operational fleet. Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, served as the submarine’s sponsor.   Washington is the fourth of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower

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USS Key West Participates in Tri-Lateral Submarine Exercise

 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) participated in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Tri-Lateral Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) exercise in waters south of Japan, which also included participation by a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine, from Sept. 12 to 19.   The SUBCOMP exercise provided an excellent opportunity to further the integration and tri-lateral coordination in an Anti-submarine warfare environment for the three navies.   This year's SUBCOMP involved four JMSDF submarines, a RAN Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux (SSG 76)

Norsafe, Kongsberg to Develop USV in Joint Initiative

Norsafe said it has been working alongside Kongsberg to develop an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) to act as a combined autonomous and data collection platform with different sensors. Kongsberg selected Norsafe AS as a partner for multipurpose USV manufacturing because of their well-known reputation for building robust and high quality crafts for extreme environments. Throughout the  process of finding the right partner, Norsafe showed the capability of creating an innovative and robust design, which fitted well to Kongsberg’s requirements.   Engineered for military and commercial

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Expendable Unmanned Vehicle for Mine Countermeasures

ECA Group said it has delivered a full scale development of an integrated solution for mine counter measure as part of a project completed in collaboration with an undisclosed Asian naval partner.   This Southeast Asian navy is changing how it performs mine hunting operations, opting for new unmanned systems instead of 50-meter boats managed by a crew of 40 people. The new unmanned systems not only significantly reduce the human risks involved with these operations, but are also controlled by three people, further slashing operational costs.   According to ECA Group , this unmanned

Norway to Buy ThyssenKrupp Subs

Norway plans to sign a deal to buy four submarines from ThyssenKrupp in 2019, Norwegian defence minister Marie Eriksen Soreide said on Tuesday during a visit with her German counterpart to a German marine base.   German media has reported the four submarines will cost 4.3 billion euros ($5.06 billion).   The purchase of the ships is part of a cooperation agreement between the two countries, under which Germany's armed forces will buy two identical submarines from Germany's ThyssenKrupp and missiles from Norway's Kongsberg. "We want to sign the deal in 2019 and get the first

Petty Officer Third Class Higuchi Shoma, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), center, pilots USS Pioneer during 2JA 2017 Mine Countermeasures Exercise (2JA-17 MCMEX) as Mineman First Class Zachary Abel, right, observes. 2JA Mine Countermeasures Exercise is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations. (Photo by William McCann)

US, Japan Conclude Mine Countermeasures Exercise

U.S. naval forces and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force concluded 2JA mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) after 10 days of unit-level and combined MCM-related drills on July 28.    2JA MCMEX is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. and Japan to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations. This year marks the 100th time that the U.S. and the Japanese have conducted bilateral mine countermeasures together, often conducting them twice a year, since bilateral exercises of this type began in 1962.    The exercise

Two Frenchmen Investigated over 2002 Malaysia Submarines Deal

Two French former defence industry executives have been placed under preliminary investigation as part of a probe into the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, an official in the French judiciary said on Wednesday.   The source said Philippe Japiot and Jean-Paul Perrier, former executives at Thales and DCNS, had been placed under investigation as part of a long-running probe into alleged kickbacks from that Malaysian submarines deal in 2002.   Japiot and Perrier deny any wrongdoing, French media reports said. Reuters was unable to immediately reach either individual.   Being a

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762), shown here in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)

HII Wins USS Columbus Submarine Repair Work

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762).   Contract work includes maintenance, repair, alterations, testing and routine work on the ship’s hull structure, tanks, propulsion systems, electric plant, auxiliary systems, armament and furnishings. Work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in August 2019.   “This contract modification provides

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Klein's Mine Hunting Capabilities on Display

 Klein Marine Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc., said it has concluded a week of trials and demonstrations in conjunction with the Mine Hunting Challenge and Industry Days in Zeebrugge, Belgium.   In the waters outside the Belgian Navy's Mine Hunting Training Center, the sonar systems manufacturer showcased its new Klein 5900, the latest high-resolution, high-speed multi-beam side scan sonar towed by the Seagull, an advanced, highly configurable unmanned surface vehicle developed by Elbit Systems.   The trials were conducted in difficult sea

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New Heavyweight Torpedo Enters Final Development

A new torpedo design being developed under the Artémis program, which aims to equip all French Navy nuclear submarines with new high-performance heavyweight torpedoes, has propelled into its final development phase with the recent completion of a successful round of test firing off the Mediterranean coast.   The F21 torpedo is being developed by European naval defense and marine renewable energies technology company DCNS, who performed the qualification firing in a secured maritime area under the authority of program leader Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA)

SeeByte Wins Belgian Navy Contract

Belgian Navy buys 10 licenses of SeeByte’s SeeTrack software for its AUV fleet   SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it has sold 10 SeeTrack licenses, including personnel training, to the Belgian Navy. SeeTrack will be integrated onto its AUV fleet which will be deployed for Mine Counter Measures (MCM).   The software package includes additional specialist modules designed for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations, SeeByte said. These include Automatic Target Recognition (ART), Change Detection Tool, Performance Analysis Training Tool (PATT) and

The Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) has been launched into the James River and moved to Newport News Shipbuilding’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification. (Photo: Ashley Major/HII)

Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana Launched

The Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) was launched into the James River at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, the shipbuilder announced. The boat was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification.   “Launch is a true testament to our shipbuilders’ roughly four years of hard work,” said Matt Needy, Newport News’ vice president of submarines and fleet support. “Over the next several months, we will work closely with the Indiana crew to bring this great ship to life.

Kraken Wins Repeat AquaPix Contract

Kraken Sonar Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a repeat contract valued at over C$400,000 (US$296,000) by a leading European defense contractor. Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the customer’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in Q3, 2017.   AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs, manned and unmanned surface vessels and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal

2G Robotics to Aid Mine Countermeasure Ops

2G Robotics said it has been selected to supply AUV-based laser scanning, stills imaging and illumination solutions for HUGIN AUVs to be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy as part of a mine countermeasure project.   The dynamic underwater laser scanning solution will be integrated into four HUGIN AUV systems to be delved by Kongsberg Maritime to the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA), and will assist with the detection, classification and assessment of mines by combining industry-leading accuracy with real-time data acquisition.   2G Robotics will supply the following:

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Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

we are especially proud of is the promulgation of the JANUS digital underwater telephony standard, STANAG 4748. It has been developed by CMRE with the collaboration of stakeholders across NATO, the nations and industry. This is an achievement with a great impact on NATO, non-NATO, civilian and military subsea communities. We have, for the first time, the conditions to break the interoperability barrier that still stands in underwater digital communications. STANAG 4748 is the absolute first internationally promulgated standard on digital underwater communications.”   Since 2011, the CMRE

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Italian Submarine Romeo Romei Delivered

The submarine Romeo Romei was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the last of the four U212A Todaro class twin units ordered from Fincantieri by the Naval Armament Unit – NAVARM for the Italian Navy.    Romeo Romei, as its twin unit Pietro Venuti delivered last July at the Muggiano shipyard, features highly innovative technological solutions. It is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature.    Romei has a surface displacement of 1,509 metric tons, an overall

Marine Technology Reporter -- May 2017 Edition

The May 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available here.   This edition includes features on:   Subsea Defense: The move toward autonomy is in full force, particularly in anti-submarine warfare   Ireland's Blue Economy: The Emerald Isle taps into is burgeoning blue economy   Offshore Renewables: BOEM's Jim Bennett discusses the present and future of U.S. offshore wind   Port Infrastructure: Port infrastructure projects lie at the heart of American commerce and security   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.

Ship's Sponsor Diane Donald christens the Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789), witnessed by (from left) Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana's  Commanding Officer, Cdr. Jesse Zimbauer and Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ashley Major)

US Navy Christens Submarine Indiana

 The U.S. Navy christened its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), during a ceremony Saturday, April 29, at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Newport News, Va.    Vice President Mike Pence, who previously served as the 50th governor of Indiana, delivered the ceremony's principal address.   “[President Trump]sent me here today on this historic occasion as a sign of his deep commitment to the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and to his commitment to make the strongest fighting force in the world even stronger still,”

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host three days of side scan sonar training, including a one day on-water practical training, from January 29-31, in Pensacola, Fla.   The training, organized with the support of Higgs Hydrographic Tek, will help participants to develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as hands-on experience with single beam sonar such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900.   Training topics include: Principles of underwater acoustics  - sonar record analysis, targets and shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials

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'Roomba' in the Arctic

The pace and quality of oil spill research in the United States typically ebbs and flows as a function of two, if not three important variables. First, after the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding, there was a flurry of activity to ramp up oil spill research because it had been dormant for so long. The need was recognized, with plenty of money made available. Primarily, this research centered on conventional spill remediation techniques – for example, a tanker or barge spilling oil – and not much else. Predictably, when memory of the spill faded, so did interest in research and funding.  &nbs

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

from multiple nations. The U.K. MAF provides advanced autonomous capabilities and allows fleets of unmanned systems, both surface and subsurface, to be managed from a single command station. The main focus was on over-the-horizon multi-squad, collaborative autonomous and automatic operations, allowing subsea and surface autonomous marine assets to communicate and report on shore via an unmanned aerial vehicle communications repeater.    At the event Neptune was present on the Royal Navy’s two Hydroid REMUS 100 AUV systems, two OceanServer Iver AUVs and one ASV C-Worker 5 USV; it was

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Tech File: Hybrid AUV/ROV

missions. In addition, users don’t have to be on-site to monitor missions—cloud connectivity brings all crucial data points together in a convenient and easy way, in real-time.    With oceans covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, it remains largely unexplored from a subsea perspective, making research and data collection challenging. Add the burden of needing two separate types of vehicles—and essentially two separate crews—for different exploration and inspection missions, and you’re presented with a significant barrier to both cost and efficiency

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

lack of sufficient technology. For the Indianapolis search, Mr. Allen deployed an exploration team outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art deep search and exploration equipment aboard the newly acquired 76-meter-long DP2 vessel RV Petrel. Vulcan Inc. purchased the offshore service vessel in 2016 from subsea engineering, construction and services company Subsea 7. The ship was converted into a bonafide deep submergence research vessel in 2017, and now sails as one of the select few ships worldwide equipped to explore 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface.   For the Indianapolis search,

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