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(March 2, 2020) “The UUV, a commercially available and widely used model known as the REMUS 100, is one of the first assets in the water when searching a harbor, said aerographer’s mate Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher York. The UUVs have a limited capability for remote operation, York said, but it’s mostly programmed to operate independently.” Read Complete Story 

(February 4, 2020) “The UUV space is a space that we believe is only going to grow in importance. In my personal view, it’s not going to be a replacement for anything, it’s going to be an augmentation to the Navy’s traditional missions and operations,” said Mike Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Read Complete Story 

(January 14, 2020) "A second survey was conducted with an UUV that collected very high-resolution side scan sonar data. It showed that an object roughly the same size and shape of a plane was on the seabed." Read Complete Story 

(January 10, 2020) "While autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) certainly do make the gathering of oceanographic data easier, launching the things can still be a hassle. That's why scientists have developed a new system, that uses an unmanned surface vessel to deploy an AUV." Read Complete Story 

OCIUS + DST Underwater Group achieve Australian first at Summerfest 2019

(December 17, 2019) "A Bluebottle Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) was tasked over a minefield as a ‘Communications Gateway’ relaying information and data between a DST Remus Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in the minefield and a manned vessel, MV Kimbla, standing off at a safe distance." Read Complete Story 

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