The US Navy has deployed unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to search for the Argentine navy's submarine, ARA San Juan, in south Atlantic waters.
The Bluefin 12D (Deep) UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs operated by the Hawaiian-based US Navy’s Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1.
The UUVs can search wide areas of the ocean using side scan sonar, a system that is used to efficiently create an image of large areas of the sea floor.
The Bluefin 12D can conduct search operations at three knots at a maximum depth of 1,500 metres for 30 hours.
The Iver 580s can operate at a depth of 99 metres, travelling at 2.5 knots for up to 14 hours.
The US government is providing rapid-response capabilities, including aircraft, equipment and personnel to assist.
- Teledyne awarded US Navy contract to supply AUVs
- US Navy issues draft RFP for corvette-sized USVs
- US cruise missile submarine Ohio completes 27-month refit
- Yet to be commissioned US Coast Guard cutter seizes US$64 million in drugs
- CSIRO vessel to search for US Navy oiler sunk in Battle of the Coral Sea
Latest from Baird Maritime
- Philippines to order two more warships from South Korean builder
- DPIRD conducts Gascoyne pink snapper fishery protection patrols
- US firm approves NOK 2.3 billion loan for new wind farm for O&G platforms
- Death toll in Bay of Bengal vessel fire climbs to three
- Team RB-M consortium delivers response boat pair for Jordanian navy