Naval Undersea Warfare Center Offers Use of Its Virtual Submarine

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport Division has invited industry and academic institutions to use its virtual submarine (VSUB) to advance submarine technologies in partnership with the U.S. Navy.

VSUB is described as “a set of submarine non-propulsion electronic systems including combat control, radio room, periscopes,  antennas, sonar, and other systems as well as launchers, weapons, and unmanned vehicles that are connected via a secure campus network” that facilitates emulation of any submarine platform in the U.S fleet.

VSUB supports testing, evaluation, experimentation, integration, lifecycle support and rapid prototyping of undersea warfare capabilities. NUWC’s objective is to optimize its systems and any which it supports, and it says collaboration with industry and academia on technology development is the next step toward enhancing naval fleet mission-execution capabilities.

To provide an up-close-and-personal experience with the technology, attendees at the September 19-20, 2017 National Defense Industry Association conference in Groton, Connecticut were invited to tour the VSUB laboratory at Newport and see its new addition: the Virginia Payload Tube Facility (VPTF).

There, attendees saw a Virginia-configured Block III salvo of simulated Tomahawk cruise missiles where the VSUB received mission data and tasking via tactical communications networks from a fleet node in Norfolk, Virginia into the VSUB’s radio room and combat system, where operators planned and executed an end-to-end strike of simulated missiles hosted in the VPTF.

For more information on the NUWC’s virtual submarine, interested parties may contact the U.S. Navy’s John Bowdren or James Broadmeadow or NUWC.

A Review of UK Marine Science & Technology Sectors

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) published its Ninth Annual Review of the Marine Science and Technology Sector. The ninth survey, focused on UK companies operating primarily in marine science and technology activities, aims to provide an insight into current business activity in terms of market sectors, market size and business confidence both current and forecast.

Learn more and read the report at the Society of Maritime Industries webpage.

Hurricane Monitoring with Buoys as Biogeochemical Observatories

Salinity (top) and turbidity (bottom) data captured leading up to, and during Hurricane Irma.

Sea-Bird Scientific, September 2017–The center of Hurricane Irma may have missed Florida’s eastern shore, but its effects did not. Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch operates a network of Sea-Bird Scientific Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatories (LOBOs) in the Indian River Lagoon that captured the edge of Irma’s wrath in real time. The peak of the storm occurred just before midnight on September 10th as the air pressure dropped to 990 mbar and wind speeds topped out over 45 mph.

In the Indian River Lagoon, Sea-Bird Water Quality Monitors (WQM) measured the increase in water level due to storm surge and increased turbidity due to winds stirring sand and sediment up from the lagoon bed. Further inland in the estuary, salinity values dropped as fresh rainwater gushed from the St. Lucie River. Interact with this data and view more of the effects of Hurricane on eastern Florida at the LOBOviz website.

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s custom data chart can sort and display LOBO data on the southwest coast. Plotting yearly rain (cumulative) with turbidity and salinity for the Fort Myers location in September reflects the large rain event, resulting in high turbidity and a subsequent drop in salinity due to Irma passing through.

Maritime Boundary Between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire Settled

The dispute over the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire was settled on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with a decision by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Read more about the decision on the case page.

See more images in the case photo gallery.

Image caption: The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea formed to deal with the dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean and delivered its Order on a Request for provisional measures filed by Côte d’Ivoire. Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber, reads the Order at a public sitting of the Chamber. The dispute was submitted, by way of special agreement concluded between the two States concerned on 3 December 2014, to a special chamber formed in application of article 15, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Tribunal. The case was entered as No. 23 in the List of cases.

Webinar Today on DoD Funding Opportunity for Environmental Science, Technology R&D

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals.

SERDP Acting Executive Director Dr. Herb Nelson and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson will host an informational webinar about the funding opportunity today, September 25, 2017, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET. 

SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with DOE and EPA with participation by numerous other organizations.  The program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

The SERDP program requests proposals is in the following areas:

Environmental Restoration — Research and technologies for the
characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of
contaminants in soil, sediments and water.

Resource Conservation and Resiliency — Research that advances DoD’s
management of its installation infrastructure in a sustainable way.

Weapons Systems and Platforms — Research and technologies to reduce,
control and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the
manufacturing, maintenance and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals are due October 19, 2017 by 2:00 p.m. ET. 

Learn more at the SERDP website:

Sea Technology, Vol. 58, No. 9—September 2017

September 2017

Geophysical Exploration / Seafloor Engineering