Staff discussed advances related to the use of AUVs in MCM operations and opportunities for collaboration.
On 27 January 2017, scientists and officials from CMRE visited the Polish Flagship, ORP KONTRADMIRAL XAWERY CZERNICKI (511), in La Spezia (Italy), during one of her first port calls since she joined the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2).
The meeting was focused on CMRE’s work related to Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) and collaborative autonomy in mine countermeasure (MCM) operations. CMRE boasts an extensive experience in robotic experimentation for MCM applications, including cutting-edge new technologies for detection and identification of objects on the sea floor using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). CMRE and SNMCMG2 already fruitfully collaborated during the French-led Olives Noires 2016 (ON16) exercise, off the French coast of Toulon, in September 2016, where CMRE successfully demonstrated multi-robots solutions to accelerate the MCM timeline. Staff agreed on fostering the cooperation in order to further advance what was achieved in the recent past.
ORP KONTRADMIRAL XAWERY CZERNICKI (511) is commanded by Commander Aleksander Urbanowicz, Polish Navy, and became flagship of SNMCMG2 on 17 January 2017. SNMCMG2 is a multinational integrated force that projects a constant and visible reminder of NATO’s solidarity and cohesion afloat in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The Standing NATO Maritime Groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict. They also help to establish Alliance presence, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation and provide a variety of military maritime capabilities to ongoing missions. For more information on Standing NATO Maritime Groups visit Allied Maritime Command website.