The NATO Research Vessel Alliance participates in the largest Allied exercise for over a decade.
CMRE and its scientists are contributing to Trident Juncture training objectives, while conducting scientific experiments in the vicinity of the exercise area. Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 involves 36,000 personnel from more than 30 Allied and Partner Nations, and takes place throughout Italy, Portugal and Spain, from 3 October to 6 November 2015 (live exercise 21 October – 6 November).
CMRE is deploying the NATO Research Vessel Alliance from 14 to 28 October 2015 along the Spanish coastline in order to advance the use of modern mine-hunting systems such as underwater robots. The vessel also serves as a boarding platform for boarding teams and acting as vessel of interest, in support of the TJ15 Maritime Security training objectives.
Search, classification and mapping missions are being tested with the MUSCLE (Minehunting UUV for Shallow waters Covert Littoral Expeditions) underwater vehicle, the CMRE mine hunting mature prototype equipped with a high-resolution, high frequency synthetic aperture sonar (SAS). MUSCLE is well-suited for operations in coastal waters, it can produce superb image quality of objects on the seafloor. It has excellent navigation capabilities and the ability to cover a large area during the designed autonomous mission.
As part of the Trident Juncture Mine CounterMeasure Experiment, NATO EXTAC 873 (new experimental tactics for underwater robots) is being exercised, surveys over a scientifically challenging seabed are being conducted to test the development of automatic target recognition (ATR) capabilities in difficult environments, using multi-view ATR and autonomy algorithms. New upgrades for on-board processing capabilities are being also experimented with. Finally, enhanced task arbitration is being integrated into the vehicle enabling the vehicle to autonomously decide, based on environmental knowledge, whether to adapt to ripples or currents as a priority.
For more on Trident Juncture 2015 please visit the official website of the Exercise.