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July 2015 Issue

Combatting Human Trafficking, Piracy Requires EU Multiagency, Private Sector Cooperation
The EU Naval Force mission in the Mediterranean must be multiagency to succeed, according to maritime security company MAST.

Cooperation with the commercial shipping sector is also necessary in the EU’s push against human traffickers in the Mediterranean.

“Operation Atalanta off Somalia was successful because it recognized the importance of deconfliction and cooperation with the U.S.-led coalition in the Indian Ocean, with NATO and with other military forces,” said Gerry Northwood of MAST, who was head of plans at the inception of Operation Atalanta.

“EU plans to set up a similar maritime operation to fight human smuggling gangs in Libya will only be successful if they emulate Operation Atalanta and dare to take a genuinely multiagency approach, and are willing to work across the full spectrum of the private sector,” Northwood said.


NATO MCM Trial in North Sea
NATO CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation), the Royal Netherlands Navy Defence Diving Group, the Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence and the U.K. Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team experimented using underwater robots in a joint scientific mine countermeasures (MCM) sea trial.

NSMEX’15 (North Sea MCM Experiment 2015) took place in the North Sea off the coast of Ostend, Belgium. The NATO RV Alliance operated successfully in the Belgian waters for the first time.

The experiment exercised high-resolution underwater acoustic imaging systems and adaptive vehicle behaviors, using AUVs to assess the performance of different sonar systems and enhance interoperability and collaboration in the field.


Seeking Better Understanding Of Wave Forces on US Navy Boats
Scientists sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) performed experiments to better understand the motions, forces and pressures generated by waves on boats with high-speed planing hulls.

Mitigating the problem of wave slams will allow Navy boats to travel faster in higher sea states and allow for lighter boat structural designs.

For unmanned craft, it might be possible to reduce weight even further, allowing for additional payload.


Core Servers and Displays For US Navy Ships, Training
Core Systems Inc. has provided the Avaya Shipboard Team with rugged COTS servers, Core custom servers, and displays for several U.S. Navy hull ships.

Systems have been installed and deployed in six USS CVNs and two LCSs, including the USS Freedom (LCS-1). Core Systems also has installed systems in the Navy School House in San Diego for training, and in multiple government systems verification and training labs.


Canadian Navy Gets 721S Radios For High-Data-Rate Comms
Rockwell Collins has provided enhanced networking communication capability to the Royal Canadian Navy fleet by completing delivery of the company’s 721S radios.

The radios were designed and tested to operate with SubNet Relay at data rates as high as 2 mbps in a 500-kilohertz channel.


World’s First Fully Automated Marine Gate Installed in Israel
Halo Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) has completed installation of a first-ever fully automated marine gate at a naval base in Israel. The gate spans the entire breakwater-to-breakwater length of the opening to the base, fully completing the security perimeter. A simple push of a button controls the barrier. The HALO barrier is the only barrier in the world validated in independent, fully instrumented crash testing by the U.S. Navy. Applications include ports and harbors, oil and gas assets, nuclear power plants and other sensitive waterside infrastructure.


ECUME Admitted Into French Navy Service
The new French Navy Commando boat, ECUME, has been admitted to active service.

This formal acceptance allows the new Zodiac Hurricane ZH-930, manufactured by ZODIAC MILPRO, to be deployed in the field and launches the delivery of 15 ECUME boats before the end of the year.


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