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Undersea Surveillance Aligned Under Naval Oceanography

Commander Undersea Surveillance (CUS), head of the Navy’s Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), was elevated to an echelon IV command Feb. 28 to serve under the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The move united the Navy’s Undersea Surveillance Command with the Navy’s oceanography community. It culminated several months of discussion and study, continuing the reorganization of NMOC efforts to focus the Navy oceanography community’s activities on the needs of its warfighting customers. NMOC is an Echelon III command under the lead of Fleet Forces Command. CUS, headquartered in Dam Neck, Va., previously was a command serving under the Naval Submarine Force. “We believe this is a natural partnership, and we are delighted that the Navy agrees,” said Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, NMOC Commander. “CUS uses and monitors sensors in the Navy’s ASW (anti-submarine warfare) effort, and the oceanography community analyzes and predicts acoustic ranges for the Navy’s ASW effort.” “We too agree that this partnership under the umbrella of NMOC is a good fit and will benefit both communities,” said Capt. David Kern, who commands the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System. “NMOC is the Navy’s recognized leader in multidimensional battlespace awareness and we are very pleased to be part of it


Air-independent Underwater System Demonstration

ONR selects Hamilton Sundstrand for demonstration of energy-dense PEMFC based air-independent propulsion system. UTC Aerospace Systems' legacy Hamilton Sundstrand business was recently awarded a contract by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate an energy-dense air independent power system for an undersea vehicle as part of ONR's Long-Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion (LEUVP) Program. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.


China Shipbuilders Ready to Foray into Offshore Engineering

Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Co Ltd began building CNOOC 201, a deepwater pipe laying and lifting vessel for China National Offshore Oil Corporation in Rugao Port of Nantong City in Jiangsu Province on September 16th 2008. CNOOC Engineering plans to input CNY 15 billion(USD2bn) in construction of a series of deepwater equipment including deep sea drilling vessels, ready to focus on deepwater prospecting, since most of the country's newly discovered oilfields are deep undersea.


Subcom Successfully Demonstrates New 4-Port Branching Unit

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New Technology Enables Multilayered Subsea Telecommunications Networks   MORRISTOWN, NJ, USA – May 2, 2011 –TE SubCom (SubCom), an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced it has successfully completed testing of its new 4-port branching unit, making it the first undersea communications supplier to offer the solution and paving the way for the deployment of multilayered undersea telecommunication networks.


Raytheon Get US$35-Million Navy LCS Sonar Contract

AN/AQS-20A system: Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Raytheon Company says it is to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy's critical minehunting missions, ensuring safe access and passage for military and civilian vessels on the world's oceans and waterways. Deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as the variable depth sonar for the AN/WLD-1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS)


EDGE Facility to Develop, Deliver Security Capabilities

Center in Nova Scotia will focus on rapidly delivering new technologies and capabilities to the Royal Canadian Navy as they transition to future fleet.    General Dynamics Canada announced the opening of the 17th EDGE facility in the EDGE Innovation Network. The new Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will become a vital resource that brings Canada’s top naval technology suppliers together with academia and government to develop leading-edge


Making Noise

While shipboard noise is an obvious concern to personnel operating or luxuriating onboard, increasing attention is being paid to the effects of ship-generated noise on the ocean environment. Consequently, this should catch the attention of ship designers, builders, owners and outfitters as the topic inevitably starts making the conference and legislative rounds. Headlining efforts in the U.S. is the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)


Pacific Tugboat Service Awarded Contract

Pacific Tugboat Service, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded an $8,052,763 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for maintenance, upkeep and repair of government owned vessels. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funding in the amount of $50,000, will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procured and advertised


SEA Wins $5.4m Contract

Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP) has won a $5.4m contract to help replace traditional periscopes on Navy submarines with electro-optical technology. The contract calls for SEA CORP to provide support for Photonics Imaging Systems programs at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. The work will include program management, administrative support, engineering analysis, problem reporting and correction and integrated logistics support for systems using


New Navy Contracts

Lockheed Martin MS2 Division, Syracuse, N.Y., is being awarded a $25,795,680 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5201) to exercise an option for upgrade kits for the Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Undersea Warfare System. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts; and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects, and torpedo threats


U.S. Offshore Oil Drilling Rule Planned

Offshore fire courtesy CMMI

The United States is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing Obama administration officials.


USN Names Littoral Combat Ship

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis. The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828


Contest: Join a Plastic Pollution Research Voyage to the Atlantic Ocean

5 Gyres joined the crew of 2041 to Antarctica to survey plastic pollution.

  The 5 Gyres Institute, a leader in global plastic pollution research, has launched an online contest for those who want to learn first-hand about the problem and help drive solutions. One winner will be chosen to join the final leg of 5 Gyre’s June research expedition to the North


Joe Tofalo to Lead US Submarine Force

Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo in 2012. US Navy Photo

 Rear Adm. Joe Tofalo will take command of Submarine Forces, a post that comes with a third star and oversees the submarine force's manning, gear and training.   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the president has made the following nomination: "Navy Rear Adm. Joseph E


Eurotunnel Seeks Buyer for Ferry Business

Groupe Eurotunnel, which runs the undersea rail link between Britain and France, is putting its ferry service between the two countries up for sale after a ban on it operating the route was upheld by Britain's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).


New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine Named

Virginia-class submarine

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover. Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571)


Campbell to Lead BAE Systems’ Ship Repair Business

Joseph Campbell (Image: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has named Joseph Campbell as vice president and general manager of the company’s Ship Repair business, effective Jan. 14.   Campbell succeeds Bill Clifford, who will retire after a successful 46-year career in the U.S. Navy and the private sector.  


Australia’s Submarine Dilemma

Defense Minister Kevin Andrews (Source: Defense Ministry)

The government of Australia came under fresh pressure to reject Japanese submarines as the spearhead for a new undersea fleet, with one of the country’s top security think-tanks urging consideration of a homegrown naval deterrent, reports WSJ 


HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers.   As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group


India's $8 Billion Warships Project on Track

India's government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build the country's most advanced warships, defence sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. Since taking over last year


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


AUV Helps Locate Sunken Japanese Warship

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (Photo: Paul Allen)

Bluefin Robotics underwater robot helps locate historic sunken Japanese battleship Musashi; located by philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen, aided by advanced undersea technology    Bluefin Robotics underwater autonomous vehicles (AUV) scour the ocean floors around the world


US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Laura Stavridis (right) and Bob Merchent (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyerJohn Finn (DDG 113) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Stavridis is the ship’s sponsor; Merchent is Ingalls’ vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs. Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo by Lance Davis

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.  During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged


India's First Indigenously Built Attack First Scorpene Submarine Launched Into Water

INS Kalvari: Indian Navy

 Indian Navy's first Scorpene class stealth submarine, Kalvari, on Monday was undocked at the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.   The diesel-electric vessel INS Kalvari was built by Mazagon Dock Limited in collaboration with France’s DCNS






 
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