HMAS Brisbane Trials New Mariner Skills Evaluation

March 4, 2019 – While sailing under the Australian White Ensign for the first time, HMAS Brisbane became the first ship to trial an enhanced Mariner Skills Evaluation (MSE) in Sydney and off the coast of Jervis Bay. The new and challenging training program was designed and led by Sea Training Group to ensure Brisbane and her crew are capable and safe to handle some of the worst case scenarios when sailing in a peacetime environment. Brisbane began her work-up period by commencing the standard phase of MSE. The assessment…

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates AQS-24B Mine Hunting and Undersea Surveillance Capability

December 17, 2018 – The Northrop Grumman Corporation AQS-24B mine hunting system demonstrated the benefits of performing mine warfare from a high-speed, unmanned surface vessel (USV) at the Royal Australian Navy-sponsored Autonomous Warrior 2018 exercise in Jervis Bay, Australia. The Northrop Grumman remote controlled Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessel (MHU), with the AQS-24B mine hunting sensor, demonstrated a safe standoff mine hunting and undersea surveillance capability targeted at addressing three key aspects of the mine warfare challenge: reducing the mine clearance timeline; accurate detection, localization, classification and identification of undersea…

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AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR 2018 a Milestone in Allied Cooperation

November 24, 2018 – When more than 50 autonomous technologies and over 500 scientists, technicians and support staff came together for AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR 2018 (AW18) in Jervis Bay, ACT, it marked the culmination of four years’ collaboration between the militaries, defence scientists and defence industries of five nations. Today, Navy’s Deputy Director Mine Warfare Diving and Special Ops Capability, Commander Paul Hornsby, and Defence Science and Technology’s (DST) Trusted Autonomous Systems Program Leader, Professor Jason Scholz, are exploring autonomous technologies with US Air Force Research Lab’s Senior Engineering Research Manager,…

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