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May 2015 Issue

UK Navy’s New OPVs To Get SharpEye Radars
Kelvin Hughes (Enfield, England) has been contracted to supply SharpEye radars for the U.K. Royal Navy’s new River-class batch two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to be built on the Clyde.

The U.K. Royal Navy is to receive three new OPVs to be named HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. The vessels will be used for counterterrorism, counterpiracy and anti-smuggling operations. They are expected to enter service starting in 2017.

The Kelvin Hughes integrated radar system consists of an I Band Doppler SharpEye radar supporting both helicopter control and navigation, together with an E/F Band SharpEye radar for navigation and collision avoidance. Both radars will be accessed and controlled by Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Tactical ARPA displays. The radar system will be interfaced with the combat management system.

Strathclyde’s NAOME Joins STAMAR To Advance Atlantic Maritime SMEs
The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) of the University of Strathclyde has become a partner in the EU-funded project “STAMAR: Showcase Technology Applicable to Maritime SMEs in the Atlantic Area,” coordinated by Axencia para a Modernización Tecnolóxica de Galicia (AMTEGA), Spain.

STAMAR’s partners also include: Association Technopôle Brest-Iroise (France), Marine Institute (Ireland), South-East Regional Authority (Ireland), Axencia Galega de Innovación–GAIN (Spain), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Universidade do Algarve (Portugal), and INESC Porto (Portugal).

STAMAR aims to contribute to the improvement of competitiveness and innovation capacity of maritime SMEs of the Atlantic Area, giving priority to technology transfer processes, particularly the solutions encouraging a sustainable business development with the protection of the environment.

The project creates unique joint business opportunities between five European countries, nine institutions and thousands of maritime SMEs in the Atlantic Area.

HMBS Rolly Gray Goes to Bahamas Defence Force
The fourth and final Stan Patrol 4207 was delivered to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). HMBS Rolly Gray forms part of the six-year Sandy Bottom project.

The Stan Patrol 4207 can carry a 24-person crew, has a range beyond 2,000 nautical miles and can move at 20 knots. It includes a weapons system and two RHIBS for fast interception and boarding.

The Sandy Bottom project involves the acquisition of a fleet of nine patrol and support vessels of various types. It includes the upgrading of the Coral Harbour naval base and the construction of two facilities elsewhere in the Bahamas.

Hawaii Federal Court Finds Government Marine Violations
A federal court found that the U.S. Navy’s training and testing off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii illegally harm more than 60 whale, dolphin, seal and sea lion populations.

The U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated multiple requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act when agreeing to the Navy’s plan.

Under its five-year plan for training and testing, the Navy is permitted to harm whales, dolphins and other marine mammals nearly 9.6 million times while conducting high-intensity sonar exercises and underwater detonations, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The impacts include hearing loss, habitat abandonment, permanent injury and more than 150 deaths.

“The Navy has solutions at its disposal to ensure it limits the harm to these animals during its exercises,” the plaintiffs’ attorney said.

US Navy Develops Better Diving Helmet
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced new research support to develop a prototype diving helmet that could revolutionize diving missions and provide greater safety. This supports ongoing work to improve a diver’s rebreather helmet system, which conserves breathing gas and combats the toxic gases that impact divers’ breathing. By optimizing the gas mixtures, the new rebreather will also extend the time divers can remain underwater safely. The work of Navy divers includes underwater rescues, covert operations, explosive ordnance disposal and hull maintenance.

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