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A Journey Through Unseen Oceans

(November, 2019) A REMUS 600 featured in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Kelly Benoit-Bird, a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute writes; “To tell our story, the exhibit team developed a pod of sorts that welcomes the visitor with a model of our bright yellow underwater robot. On a scrim screen below the robot, a short video narrated by me explains the problem, how we came to a technical solution, the challenges we faced in the process, and the importance of the results." Read Complete Story 

ExMCM Companies, LCS Mission Package Will Both Contribute to New Mine Countermeasures Triad

(November 6, 2019) "While that technology was in development, though, the Navy began using the Mk 18 Mod 1 Swordfish and the Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish family of systems in its explosive ordnance disposal units as a bridge, until the LCS unmanned systems could be fielded. But their greater-than-expected success and relatively low cost have helped carve out a more permanent place in the fleet for these vehicles." Read Complete Story 

US WWII Shipwreck Discovered in the Philippine Sea is the Deepest Ever Found

(October 31, 2019) R/V Petrel's REMUS 6000 assisted in locating the deepest shipwreck ever discovered. "The wreck of the U.S. World War II destroyer was found resting at a depth of 20,406 feet by experts on the Research Vessel Petrel. Explorers used an undersea drone to locate the mysterious ship, which is believed to be the USS Johnston, a Fletcher-class destroyer sunk during the Battle off Samar, a key action in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944." Read Complete Story 

Researchers find 2nd warship from WWII Battle of Midway

(October 21, 2019) The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Pearl Harbor. The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. Read Complete Story 

US Joins NATO Navies in Portugal to Experiment with Emerging Technologies in Unmanned Maritime Systems

(September 30, 2019) U.S. unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) ran missions during the exercise and their data was transferred to partner navies to help assist with planning and maritime situational awareness. Read Complete Story 

NATO allies unleash their drones in the waters off Portugal

(September 19, 2019) New maritime unmanned systems technologies can be a game-changer in countering multiple threats in the maritime domain. Read Complete Story 

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 

Rapid Response at Sea

(September 18, 2019) The field program featured two complementary AUVs, a REMUS-600 outfitted with custom oil sniffing and sampling capabilities, a Long Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LRAUV), a new class of Artcitc AUVs funded by DHS to provide a fast and persistent oil spill response for ice covered oceans. 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