ASV Expands into USA, Taps new Manager

Posted by Joseph Keefe
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Duane Ashton, Director of Unmanned Systems Business Development.

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Ltd has announced the company’s plans to break into the North American Unmanned Marine Systems industry.

The move comes as the result of unprecedented success in the European and Asian markets where ASV has established itself as the lead Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) supplier.
Equipped with the latest advancements in autonomous technology, ASV will look to serve all areas of the US USV market. ASV currently provides unmanned systems to International Defence, Oil and Gas and Science and Research industries and has done so over the past three years. In 2014 alone, ASV completed a two phase Marine Target Drone programme with South Korea, built and operated the world’s first Unmanned Oil and Gas work boat and completed the commissioning of its Long Endurance Unmanned Marine Vehicle for Oceanographic research.

To aid this transition into the US, ASV have appointed Duane Ashton as Director of Unmanned Systems Business Development. Duane will also work with ASV sister company C&C Technologies, Inc. Together, ASV and C&C are leveraging their respective successes in unmanned systems and global survey operations to forge the move into the US Unmanned Systems market.

Duane Ashton recently transitioned from the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office. With over 20 years of U.S. Government management experience involving the acquisition, design, operation and maintenance of complex engineering systems, Duane will bring demonstrated skills in the development, technical support, and operational analysis of unmanned maritime vehicles.  


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