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Office of Naval Research Demos Autonomous Underwater Vehicles; Jason Stack Comments

research and development RDThe Office of Naval Research has demonstrated unmanned undersea vehicles that work to help marine personnel counter underwater mines.

ONR said Friday 40 remotely operated vehicles were presented and tested during the two-week technology demonstration held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

Some of the platforms demonstrated at the event include sensor systems that work to detect mines beneath the ocean sediment and 3-D printed-robotic arms designed to neutralize explosives fastened to ship hulls.

“Mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal represent some of the dull, dirty and truly dangerous jobs performed every day by our sailors and marines,” said Jason Stack, program officer and lead of mine warfare program at ONR.

“These emerging technologies will assist these men and women by making their jobs faster and safer.”

Other event participants include the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, and civilian and military personnel from Australia, U.K., Germany, Canada and New Zealand.

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