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MAY 2013

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ST Conference Preview Undersea Defence Technology O ver the past 26 years, Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) has developed a reputation as an infuential global forum where senior personnel concerned with underwater security can impart and gain knowledge on key issues. UDT 2013 will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from June 18 to 20 at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, and will once again host experts in maritime and underwater defense technology from around the world. The exhibition foor will showcase the latest technologies presented by a wide range of companies, demonstrating how industry is responding to the challenges facing the subsea environment. "The undersea environment is the most testing one that man encounters—and that includes space exploration," said RAdm. Simon Williams of Clarion Events, the organizer of UDT. "Yet the arteries that enable much of our communications and energy increasingly run beneath the sea, while the seabed itself is a crucially important source of extractive energy production." "One of the major reasons for the continuing success of UDT is the event's ability to respond to changes in the technology needs of the subsea industry," said UDT Event Director Anna Campagnoli. "Operational and budgetary factors are bringing about an increasing commonality between the civil and military sectors with beneft to all concerned. This year's UDT will refect this important development." technology integration, full-scale manufacturing, platform training and operations support. Northern Diver (Wigan, England) will present a selection of its products, including its breathable lightweight wetsuit set. Favored by the U.K. Ministry of Defence, this practical suit offers quick and easy dressing/undressing, is lightweight and comfortable, and virtually undetectable underwater. The company's Clearance Diver Neoprene Drysuit is completely nonmagnetic and suitable for tasks on small mine-hunting vessels, and for the clearance of surf areas in preparation for amphibious operations. Northern Diver has also developed ARTEMIS, a modular handheld console that can be confgured as a diver tar- The keynote address at UDT 2012. Exhibitors Exhibitor highlights will include Bluefn Robotics Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts), a company that develops, builds and operates AUVs and related technologies for defense, commercial and scientifc customers worldwide. Bluefn offers a full range of modular, free-fooded AUV platforms; by using a core set of building blocks, it has designed more than 50 different confgurations, including more than 70 different sensors on more than 80 AUVs. Bluefn is a full AUV lifecycle provider offering research and development, www.sea-technology.com May 2013 / st 45

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