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Finding the missing: Navy searchers team up with police for Lake Taupō drill

(September 19, 2019) Royal New Zealand Navy personnel launch an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of electronically detecting underwater objects and relaying sonar images back to a shore operator. Read Complete Story 

Hydroid Gets US Navy Contract Extension

(September 18, 2019) Hydroid has secured US Navy indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract extension worth USD 52.3 million for the MK 18 family of unmanned underwater vehicle systems. Read Complete Story 

Navy EOD Group Praises Mk18 UUV Performance in Aleutian Waters

(September 12, 2019) “The technology that is being incorporated in the Mk18 Mod 1 and 2 and also in our smaller next-generation UUVs [is] incredible,” said Capt. Oscar E. Rojas, commander of EOD Group One and commodore of Combined Task Force 35, speaking Sept. 11 to reporters in a media roundtable teleconference. “The resolution of the images that we are getting back from the topography of the seabed is so amazingly clear that it makes our job in IDing so much easier. That’s why when we say a lane is clear of explosive hazards, we have an almost 100% confidence factor that is a fact because of this technology that has been introduced. It is a true game-changer." Read Complete Story 

ANTX gives U.S. Navy a chance to use high-tech innovations

(August 14, 2019) On a hot, humid South Mississippi morning, the Navy’s REMUS unmanned underwater vehicle went through its paces in the basin near the Port of Gulfport. Read Complete Story 

Lives of basking sharks caught on "SharkCam" in Inner Hebrides

(August 6, 2019) Remus "SharkCam", owned by WHOI, was launched in the Sea of the Hebrides in Scotland to observe the infamous basking shark that are in their waters. SharkCam helps researchers study their behavior and feeding beneath the surface. Read Complete Story 

(July 29, 2019) WHOI researchers conducted an exercise using a REMUS 600 to survey a patch of cabling system that runs from Cape Cod to Martha's Vineyard. This exercise was done within hours due to the efficiency of REMUS. Read Complete Story 

(June 11, 2019) MK18 Mod 2 UUVs are being used during BALTOPS 2019 in Germany. These BALTOPS 2019 mine countermeasures exercises are being led by U.S. Rear Adm. Scott Robertson with many partnering countries that make up the military group. Read Complete Story

Hydroid Engineering, Operations, and Program Management Organizations Appraised at CMMI V2.0 Maturity Level 3

(May 29, 2019) Hydroid, Inc. has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institutes V2.0 in an appriasal preformed by JFR Consultings. The CMMI framework provides organizations with matierials to improve effective processes and ultimatley the comapny. Read Complete Story

AUVSI announces new board of directors

(May 2, 2019) Hydroid's own Tom Reynolds, Vice President of Business Developement, has been elected to the board of the AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International). Read Complete Story

The Epic Hunt for a Lost World War II Aircraft Carrier 

(March 13, 2019) A REMUS 6000 can be seen being launched from research vessel the Petrel, in hopes of finding sunken World War II aircraft carrier the Wasp. With the combined effort between the REMUS 6000 and a large-scale ROV, the Wasp was found in the depths of the Coral Sea. Read Complete Story

Navy’s Argus defense project being tested at Port of Gulfport 

(March 8, 2019) ANTEX (Advanced Naval Technology Exercise), uses a REMUS 600 as part of the testing of ANTEX's Argus program just outside of Gulfport in the Mississippi. The Argus program is designed in a way where it can be arranged withinin a short notice to provide surviellance and underwater protection for incoming high-value assets to the port. Read Complete Story

Hydroid's UUV Sector "Snapshot"

(January 15, 2019) Eric Wirstrom, Senior Manager for US Government Business at the company, noted Hydroid REMUS unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) are known for their unprecedented, field-proven reliability and availability in the field. “At Hydroid, we are continually looking to improve speed, endurance and integrate the latest state-of-the-art technology into our vehicles. Our primary focus is always on our customers and providing them with the technology and capability to successfully achieve their missions,” he said. Read Complete Story

USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter

(January 10, 2019) In case you missed it, the PBS documentary ‘USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter’ is now posted online. The crew of the R/V Petrel used a REMUS 6000 AUV to search for the Indianapolis in 2017. REMUS makes a few cameos in the video, including from 15:50-16:30 with some sonar images, 29:55-35:00 with an explanation of the survey process and analysis of data and the discovery of a Japanese cargo ship, and 48:50-56:30 where, after analyzing the REMUS 6000’s 35th sonar contact and sending down their ROV, the team confirms they found the Indianapolis. Read Complete Story

Clearing the Strait of Hormuz

(December 2018) Speaking last year at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Capt. Michael Egan, Commander of Task Force 52, said “We’ve taken our ExMCM company with their Mk 18 family of UUV systems, we’ve put them aboard cruisers and destroyers and had them do extensive rehearsals of the actual operations – and in some cases, in exercises and operations we’ve actually used those platforms.” Read Complete Story

The U.S. Navy’s Amphibious Assault Renaissance: It’s More Than Ships and Aircraft

(December 12, 2018) However, ships are increasingly expensive, and Navy and Marine Corps expeditionary forces have been proactive in looking to affordable new technology to add capability to their existing and future ships. One of the technologies that offers the most promise in this regard is unmanned systems. These unmanned systems can reduce the risk to human life in high-threat areas, deliver persistent surveillance over areas of interest, and provide options to warfighters — particularly given their ability to operate autonomously. Read Complete Story

Hydroid: State-of-the-Art in Ocean Exploration

(November 2018) The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, but 95% of it remains unexplored. The REMUS AUVs have ‘opened up the ocean’s highways’ for hydrographic survey missions, climate change assessment and mine countermeasures. Read Complete Story

Hydroid Bags AUV Order from Japan

(November 19, 2018) The New Generation REMUS 6000 is based on the legacy vehicle design and features a modular architecture that allows for the addition of multiple payloads including customer sensor packages, forward fins and additional battery sections, the manufacturer said. With new low-power core electronics and a hydrodynamic hull design, it has increased endurance for longer missions. Read Complete Story

New REMUS 100 for the Royal Canadian Navy

(October 18, 2018) Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) members have started training on two autonomous underwater vehicles REMUS 100 (Remote Environmental Monitoring Units). These vehicles will mostly be used for seafloor mapping, underwater surveying and searching, to include near and under ice. Read Complete Story

Mine Warfare: Ready and Able Now

(September 2018) The 2nd place essay of the Mine Warfare Association and U.S. Naval Institute Mine Warfare Essay Contest, published in Proceedings this month, describes the Navy's use of the MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 (REMUS 100 and REMUS 600 variants) for mine countermeasure operations. Read Complete Story

Kongsberg’s Hydroid hoping REMUS drone will help Marines clear mines in shallow water

(September 27, 2018) The Marine Corps' rapid capabilities office is looking for a drone that can help Marines clear mines in the shallows ahead of a landing, and Kongsberg’s Hydroid is hoping its REMUS 100 unmanned undersea vehicle will answer the bell. Read Complete Story

NSF Awards Contract to Group Led by WHOI to Continue Operation of Ocean Observatories Initiative

(September 19, 2018) In addition to gliders, scientists at the Pioneer Array use another type of mobile platform—the REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV—to carry out intensive, short-term investigations. Because REMUS AUVs are propeller-driven, they can move more quickly through the water than gliders, capturing high-resolution data on currents, nutrients, and other ocean properties. Read Complete Story

Three new autonomous underwater vehicles for Royal Netherlands Navy

(September 13, 2018) The new generation REMUS 100 marine robots enable mapping of the underwater soil and viewing objects such as mines, explosives but also missing persons. Read Complete Story

Florida Atlantic University adds SCM to their REMUS 100

(September 5, 2018) An OFG Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) system was implemented on a REMUS 100 AUV at Florida Atlantic University and used to conduct field tests for the localisation of subsurface magnetic anomalies, in support of a project in adaptive sensing using multiple AUVs. Read Complete Story

Hydroid's 'Sea Launcher' Seeks to Link Underwater and Surface Autonomous Worlds

(July 20, 2018) 'Sea Launcher' is a LARS compact and mobile enough to be fitted to smaller surface ships (those with a 2 m freeboard or less). Read Complete Story

Meet the Tech Squad

(July 16, 2018) "Our team has a lot of human talent, but the real workhorses on our team are the various state-of-the-art robots and sensors that the Project Recover team has acquired and modified for our survey work." Read Complete Story

New Details on Discovery of San Jose Shipwreck

(May 21, 2018) “The REMUS 6000 was the ideal tool for the job, since it’s capable of conducting long-duration missions over wide areas,” said WHOI engineer and expedition leader Mike Purcell. Read Complete Story

HMAS Creswell hosts international military dive exercise

(May 15, 2018) The exercise focuses on a wide array of activities including the deployment of mine countermeasures divers, autonomous underwater vehicles, live demolitions and mine exploitation activities. Read Complete Story

Mine warfare navy clearance dive teams from across the world unite in Australian waters

(May 14, 2018) Sea drones, also known as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), work in a similar way to regular drones — however they use sonar beams instead of a camera. They are able to detect sea mines without divers needing to be deployed until it is time to disarm them. They are one of the key new technologies being trialled at the symposium, with New Zealand leading the way as master operators. Read Complete Story

World War II carrier “Lady Lex” found 2 miles under sea by Allen expedition

(March 6, 2018) The Petrel located the Lexington's wreck with a Hydroid REMUS 6000 drone submersible, an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped for searching large areas of seabed and rated for operations at 6,000 meters (3.7 miles). With its side-scan sonar, the REMUS 6000 is capable of mapping over 100 square kilometers per deployment. Read Complete Story

Wreck of Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington Located in Coral Sea After 76 Years

(March 5, 2018) Wreckage from the USS Lexington was discovered by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel on March 4. The Lexington was found 3,000 meters (about two miles) below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. Read Complete Story

Exploring the Restless Floor of Yellowstone Lake

(December 5, 2017) R/V Annie II also supported the bathymetric and side-scan sonar mapping missions conducted by a type of autonomous underwater vehicle called Remote Environmental Monitoring Units (REMUS) that generated maps of the vent fields southeast of Stevenson Island with a horizontal resolution of about 10 centimeters. Read Complete Story

Undersea robot reveals 'schools' of animals in deep scattering layers

(December 1, 2017) By programming the AUV to swim above and through several sound-scattering layers, the team collected sonar data that allowed Benoit-Bird to identify individual animals within these layers, and to track predators that dove into the layers to hunt. Read Complete Story

Navy Creating Continual Improvement Program for UUVs through OPNAV, Fleet, NAVSEA

(November 16, 2017) The Navy is standing up a continual improvement process for its family of unmanned underwater vehicles, in the hopes of bringing better sensors, endurance and more to the newly expanded portfolio of UUV’s that fall under the undersea warfare division. Read Complete Story

Mine Countermeasures Evolving Towards Mix-And-Match Capabilities, Personnel

(October 25, 2017) “We’ve taken our ExMCM company with their Mk 18 family of (unmanned underwater vehicle) systems, we’ve put them aboard cruisers and destroyers and had them do extensive rehearsals of the actual operations – and in some cases, in exercises and operations we’ve actually used those platforms,” Capt. Michael Egan, Commander of Task Force 52 within U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Read Complete Story

Hydroid demonstrates underwater launch of Aerovironment’s Blackwing UAV

(September 26, 2017) Hydroid, Inc. teamed with L3 Aerospace Systems, Sparton Corporation and AeroVironment, Inc. to successfully demonstrate the latest unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities, including the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at ANTX in Newport, RI. Read Complete Story

The AUV That Helped Find USS Indianapolis

(August 31, 2017) Aiding Allen’s team in the discovery was a 6,000-meter-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the REMUS 6000, manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid Inc., which gathered the sonar data that helped locate the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after it was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese Navy near the end of World War II. Read Complete Story

Hydroid's REMUS 6000 Plays Key Role in the Discovery of the USS Indianapolis Wreckage

(August 30, 2017) Led by Paul Allen's team, the 6000 meter-rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was used to gather the sonar data that helped locate the USS Indianapolis wreckage 5,500 meters below the ocean's surface. Read Complete Story

Microsoft co-founder's remote vehicles find a legendary WWII ship

(August 20, 2017) The Petrel relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (the Hydroid Remus 6000) that could dive roughly 18,000 feet below the water and hunt about 600 square miles using sonar and bathymetry. Read Complete Story

Navy asks Hydroid to upgrade MK 18 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in $27.3 million contract

(August 2, 2017) Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Indian Head, Md., are asking Hydroid for additional engineering to develop, test, and install pre-planned product improvements for the MK 18 family of unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems. Read Complete Story

Special Ops Community Eyeing New Drone Technology

(June 14, 2017) The Navy already has a program of record called Mk 18 Mod 1, a Swordfish UUV based on the REMUS 100, a Kongsberg Maritime product. The service intends to use the Swordfish for mine countermeasure missions. SOCOM has an opportunity to leverage that technology. Read Complete Story

(May 8, 2017) Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announces that it successfully completed negotiations with CoMotion®, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market, and continue development of two new underwater glider systems. Read Complete Story

MK 18 Deployment, Retrieval Team Makes Historic AMCM Flight in St. Andrew Bay

(February 1, 2017) “This demonstration proved a possible lighter, less time intensive way to sweep for mines in theatre and deployed a MK-18 Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from a MH-60S aircraft.” … “The Fleet demand for the capabilities that the MK18 MOD2 brings to the Navy grows every day. We hope that this work furthers that goal.” Read Complete Story

Full Speed Ahead For Autonomous Countermine Technologies

(February 1, 2017) To the Navy specifically, the board’s report highlights the need to develop autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to carry out the dull, dirty and truly dangerous jobs otherwise performed by humans. Read Complete Story

NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans

(January 24, 2017) NASA is developing technology that could enable autonomous navigation of future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter's Europa. The agency is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that would allow submersibles to make their own decisions during exploration of extraterrestrial water worlds. Read Complete Story

UDT Asia: Singapore’s growing underwater confidence

(January 11, 2017) The RSN has operationalised the Hydroid Remus 100 and the ECA K-Ster expendable mine disposal vehicle into upgraded Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessels. The portable REMUS was used with great flexibility during the search for AirAsia Fight QZ8501, where it was airlifted by a C-130 and operated from an Endurance-class LST. Read Complete Story

Local Navy Contract Awards

(January 4, 2017) Hydroid, Inc., Pocasset, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $11,095,549 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-13-D-0005) to increase the quantities for the procurement of MK 18 family of systems—unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems. Read Complete Story