Ocean Infinity’s Hunt for the Submarine San Juan

“The search for the Argentinian submarine was like hunting for the proverbial needle in a hay stack, except that it was a piece of straw. Elaine Maslin reports.  At 7.19am, local time, on November 15, 2017, the last message was received from the San Juan submarine. She belonged to the Argentinian navy and was on a routine mission from Ushuaia in the Patagonia region to Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires province when she lost contact with the military. Fifteen days later, neither the submarine nor any debris had been found and the crew of 44 sailors were presumed dead.  The loss made international headlines, as did the ongoing search, as the families of those presumed dead wanted to know what had happened. It was thought the submarine had encountered a problem with the forward batteries, but little information was available.” View Story here

Ocean Infinity Wraps ‘First in Industry’ Survey Offshore Angola

“The 28-day project was carried out from the host vessel ‘Normand Frontier’ using Ocean Infinity’s technology, during which the company conducted 2D Ultra High-Resolution Seismic surveys and Seabed soil Sampling in Block 32 and Block 17 in deep waters offshore Angola. Josh Broussard, Ocean Infinity’s CTO, said, “We are very pleased to have completed this survey project for Total E&P in Angola, which has been a resounding success and has evidenced significant progress in the efficiency of collecting data. Our technology continues to be at the forefront of innovation and we are delighted to have demonstrated this by gathering three sets of high-quality data through multiple AUVs deployed simultaneously with geotechnical and seismic equipment, from a single vessel, a first for the industry.”” View Article

Navy minehunters welcome new tech to enhance mine warfare capabilities

“The Royal Australian Navy’s minehunter teams are evolving with the times, with a range of new technologies as part of a technological leap through the introduction of a deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) capability under Project SEA 1778. Under Project 1778 Phase One, Australian Mine Warfare Team 16 (MWT 16) was commissioned to operate a suite of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), unmanned surface vessels (USV), expendable mine neutralisation systems, and mine countermeasures (MCM) support craft.” View Article

Peraton Wins Spot on $1B U.S. Navy Unmanned Surface Vehicle IDIQ

“HERNDON, Va., Feb. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Peraton, one of the nation’s leading unmanned maritime systems contractors, has won a spot on an up to 10-year, $982.1 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract (IDIQ-MAC) to support the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems…. The IDIQ-MAC has a five-year base period and one five-year ordering period option, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $982,100,000. The task orders issued under the IDIQ-MAC will help the Navy maintain and modernize to meet current and future operational requirements. Contractors will compete for task orders to support the current Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) systems and subsystems as well as future USV systems and subsystems for Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC), Program Management NAVSEA 406 (PMS 406).” View Article

Navy picks General Dynamics for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), upgrades to SATCOM and sensor payloads

“The contract calls for General Dynamics to provide five new Black Pearl UAVs; two side-scan sonars; upgraded tail and nose sections, and spare parts. The Black Pearl UUV supports Navy research programs in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures. The contract asks General Dynamics to provide two-way Iridium SATCOM to the Black Pearl UUV; alter the unmanned submersible’s payloads bay; determine the best way to accommodate side-scan and multi-beam sonar; and manufacture new UUVs and control systems, tail sections, and batteries.” View Article

ROVOP Launches In-house Inspection Service

“Subsea robotics firm ROVOP announced the addition of full in-house inspection service, to complement its range of underwater robotics technologies. With a fleet of 51 remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) including work class, light work class and observation class, ROVOP now has the ability to provide its clients with a complete inspection service, covering the preparation of inspection procedures, project execution offshore, reporting and inspection and asset integrity data management, the company said. Working closely with its survey and non-destructive testing (NDT) partners, ROVOP’s capabilities include a full suite of inspection and survey services globally, which includes pre-lay surveys, as-built surveys, metrology, decommissioning, pipeline/structural inspections and underwater inspection in lieu of dry docking (UWILD).” View Article

Sonardyne Acquires 2G Robotics

“UK-based marine technology company Sonardyne International announced it has acquired Canadian underwater imaging and inspection specialist 2G Robotics. 2G Robotics will join the Sonardyne group of companies, while remaining an independent business and brand, continuing to serve its customer base in unmanned and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). 2G Robotics’ founder Jason Gillham will continue to lead the company as Chief Executive Officer.” View Article

Kawasaki AUV to be put to the test in North Sea

“The submarine pipeline inspection with close eyes (Spice) vehicle is being tested in Japanese waters under the umbrella of the US’s long-running DeepStar programme, the aim of which is to catalyse development of technologies required to support deepwater exploration and production. The trials of Spice, Kawasaki’s pathfinder second generation AUV, began late last year and are being funded by the Nippon Foundation. They are expected to continue until March.” View Article

HII CEO: $350M Deal for UUV Maker Hydroid Keeps Shipbuilder In Line With Navy Demand

““Overall, we think unmanned space is going to fundamentally change the Navy going forward,” Petters said at the time. “The intent to try to make ships more lethal, from the Navy standpoint, is something we’re paying closer attention to.” Faced with a manpower challenge and a growing list of subsurface threats, the Navy increased its investment into UUVs as part of as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget submission last year. Last February, the Navy called for investing $359 million into new UUVs. “The increase in funding from FY 2019 to FY 2020 includes $182 million for the development, fabrication, and testing of the ORCA Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles and $68 million to support the advancement of Large Diameter Unmanned Undersea Vehicles,” the Navy wrote in its budget brief.” View Article

DOT&E cites need for further Knifefish development

“Based on recent tests, the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Mine Countermeasure (SMCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV), or Knifefish, needs more development work, the Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) said in its annual report, released on 30 January. The USN recently conducted an operational assessment to evaluate the system’s capability to detect, classify, and identify naval mines that are moored in the ocean volume and that lay on, or are buried in, the ocean bottom, the DOT&E noted. “Test results show that Knifefish requires further development to provide an operationally effective and suitable capability for its intended use,” DOT&E reported, pointing out the navy plans to incrementally upgrade and test Knifefish capability to meet operational needs prior to Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and fleet introduction to the system.” View Article 

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