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RIMPAC 08: Naval Oceanographic Office glider operations
Author(s): Kevin L. Mahoney; Ken Grembowicz; Bruce Bricker; Steve Crossland; Danielle Bryant; Marc Torres; Tom Giddings
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) Glider Operations Center (GOC) supported its first joint-mission exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 08, a multi-national naval exercise conducted during July 2008 near the Hawaiian Islands. NAVOCEANO personnel deployed four Seagliders from USNS SUMNER for Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) operations and four Slocum gliders for Mine Warfare (MIW) operations. Each Seaglider was equipped with a Sea-Bird Electronics (SBE) 41cp CTD and Wet Labs, Inc. bb2fl ECO-puck optical sensor. The instrumentation suite on the Slocum gliders varied, but each Slocum glider had an SBE 41cp CTD combined with one of the following optical sensors: a Wet Labs, Inc. AUVb scattering sensor, a Wet Labs, Inc. bb3slo ECO-puck backscattering sensor, or a Satlantic, Inc. OCR radiometer. Using Iridium communications, the GOC had command and control of all eight gliders, with Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and DoD contractors serving as glider pilots. Raw glider data were transmitted each time a glider surfaced, and the subsequent data flow included processing, quality-control procedures, and the generation of operational and tactical products. The raw glider data were also sent to the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center (NRLSSC) for fusion with satellite data and modeled data (currents, tides, etc.) to create optical forecasting, optical volume, and electro-optical identification (EOID) performance surface products. The glider-based products were delivered to the ASW and MIW Reach Back Cells for incorporation into METOC products and for dissemination to the Fleet. Based on the metrics presented in this paper, the inaugural joint-mission operation was a success.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7317, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring, 731706 (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820492
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin L. Mahoney, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Ken Grembowicz, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Bruce Bricker, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Steve Crossland, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Danielle Bryant, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Marc Torres, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Tom Giddings, Metron, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7317:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring
Weilin (Will) Hou, Editor(s)

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