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Navy, German Research Team Prepare for Joint Underwater Munitions Mapping Project Milestone

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) interns describe the Capture the Flag (CTF) cybersecurity challenge to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) employees during the CTF event at Gulf Coast State College on July 15, 2016. Pictured from left to right: NREIP intern Trevor Phillips, Mark Bates, NREIP intern Daniel Jermyn, Josh Westmoreland, David Cole and Tim McCabe. U.S. Navy Photo by Katherine Mapp (Released) 160715-N-PD526-007

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City division and Germany’s Bundeswehr Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Maritime Technology and Research have started preparations for the first milestone of a joint project to advance the detection, classification and mapping of underwater munitions.

The U.S. Navy said Friday U.S. and German mine warfare experts will utilize technology such as acoustic and magnetic sensors for activities at the Baltic Sea in September as part of the Allied Munitions Detection Underwater program.

“We are seeking to bring together the best of our unexploded ordnance detection capabilities and merge them with those of the Germans, so that both countries can learn and benefit from developments ongoing in the other country,” said Jesse Angle, a physicist with NSWC PCD.

Navy noted ALMOND seeks to conduct international sea trials and workshops to help develop and test unmanned autonomous survey concepts into a mature system concept design that the Naval Sea Systems Command expeditionary missions program office will transition to the fleet.

The joint program aims to deliver a detailed technical report on the sea trials, sensor/test bed, signal and information processing techniques, hardware and software development and recommendations for transition, the service branch added.

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