Marine Link
Friday, September 30, 2016

NOC Enters Partnership with UK Royal Navy

March 31, 2014

  • Commodore Guy Robinson from Navy Command Headquarters shaking hands with Geraint West, the NOC’s Director of National Marine Facilities after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding
  • From left to right:  Captain David Pollock RN (DACOS), Geraint West (NOC Director of National Marine Facilities) and Commodore Guy Robinson RN (ACOS) during this week’s Royal Navy visit to the NOC
  • From left to right:  Geraint West (NOC Director of National Marine Facilities), Commodore Guy Robinson RN (ACOS), Prof Ian Wright (NOC Director of Science and Technology), Nick Hammond, Captain David Pollock RN (DACOS), Gary Wheeler (NOC Head of Enterprise Office) and Dr Maaten Furlong (NOC Head of Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems) during this week’s Royal Navy visit to the NOC.
  • Commodore Guy Robinson from Navy Command Headquarters shaking hands with Geraint West, the NOC’s Director of National Marine Facilities after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding Commodore Guy Robinson from Navy Command Headquarters shaking hands with Geraint West, the NOC’s Director of National Marine Facilities after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding
  • From left to right:  Captain David Pollock RN (DACOS), Geraint West (NOC Director of National Marine Facilities) and Commodore Guy Robinson RN (ACOS) during this week’s Royal Navy visit to the NOC From left to right: Captain David Pollock RN (DACOS), Geraint West (NOC Director of National Marine Facilities) and Commodore Guy Robinson RN (ACOS) during this week’s Royal Navy visit to the NOC
  • From left to right:  Geraint West (NOC Director of National Marine Facilities), Commodore Guy Robinson RN (ACOS), Prof Ian Wright (NOC Director of Science and Technology), Nick Hammond, Captain David Pollock RN (DACOS), Gary Wheeler (NOC Head of Enterprise Office) and Dr Maaten Furlong (NOC Head of Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems) during this week’s Royal Navy visit to the NOC. From left to right: Geraint West (NOC Director of National Marine Facilities), Commodore Guy Robinson RN (ACOS), Prof Ian Wright (NOC Director of Science and Technology), Nick Hammond, Captain David Pollock RN (DACOS), Gary Wheeler (NOC Head of Enterprise Office) and Dr Maaten Furlong (NOC Head of Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems) during this week’s Royal Navy visit to the NOC.

The National Oceanography Center and the Royal Navy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable cooperation on a variety of activities relating to marine autonomous systems with a particular focus on gliders.

The Royal Navy does not currently have a mature glider capability, so working with the National Oceanography Center (NOC) will provide the basis for trialing and understanding how the gliders can best be used.

Director of National Marine Facilities at the NOC, Geraint West, said, “The NOC is pleased to be able to apply its world-leading capabilities and considerable experience in marine autonomous systems - sometimes referred to as unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) - to work with the Royal Navy.

“The Memorandum of Understanding is a significant step in the relationship between the NOC and the Royal Navy that takes us into a new phase of mutual cooperation, enabling the two parties to work together in sharing ideas and developing a working strategy.”

Currently the NOC has the largest marine autonomous systems fleet for science in Europe, and with recent acquisitions we now also operate by far the largest glider fleet in Europe for which we continue to develop novel sensors and applications.

The NOC has some very unique capabilities, such as Autosub Long Range which is designed for operations to a depth of 6,000m, with a range up to 6,000km and deployed for periods up to six months.

In parallel, the NOC will continue to work with the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) which is contributing funding for a number of research and development projects related to marine autonomous systems, including the NOC’s Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle project.

Commodore Guy Robinson, from Navy Command Headquarters, who visited the NOC on Monday to witness the marine autonomous systems first hand, said, “I anticipate that this will develop into a most fruitful partnership for the Royal Navy and the NOC. This is an exciting opportunity as we develop this new area of our capability.”

noc.ac.uk



Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Sep 2016 - Maritime & Ship Security

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News