An Ocean Modules V8 M500 ROV was one of the stars of a feature on the Royal Navy’s Marine Maritime Autonomous System Trials Team (MASTT) last week. The Atlantas Marine supplied M500 appeared on ITV and in articles in the Daily Mail and Mail Online.
After a competitive tender process the V8 M500 was selected for its unmatched manoeuvrability and maintained platform stability. The ROV is currently part a selection of autonomous equipment being trailed with the MASTT team.
The V8s onboard camera allows instant identification by a mine specialist without putting personnel in danger. Once identified the advanced ROV is fitted with Cobra mine neutralisation system -a highly effective tool for safely eradicating unexploded ordnance already in service with Royal Navy minehunters off Libya and in the Gulf.
Chief Petty Officer Colin Dumbleton, who has spent more than 20 years in the mine warfare branch, said: “It’s great that the Navy is taking a step in the right direction, looking at the technology out there, and seeing where we can use it in the future.” Lieutenant Commander Jack McWilliams, the officer in command of MASTT, said: “This technology is fantastic, and we are right at the forefront of it. It is the future.”
Read the articles here: ITV - http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2014-04-16/royal-navy-deploys-remote-controlled-boat/ Daily Mail - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2606316/Goodbye-minehunters-hello-tiny-drone-submarines-Royal-Navy-tests-hi-tech-devices-spell-end-fibreglass-hulled-fleet.html