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Norway armed forces equipment still not located. An expensive advanced piece of hardware continues to be lost after going AWOL during a routine military exercise in northern Norway, officers say. Joint air, navy and army exercise Silver Rein II 2012 was going to plan last year, until military personnel lost contact with their yellow REMUS 100 AUV. The several million kroner AUV was deployed to search the bottom of the seabed for dummy mines in and around the port of Tromsø, Troms County, when it disappeared on 14th November. A press release was sent out at the end of that month.

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Norway armed forces equipment still not located

Published on Monday, 28th January, 2013 at 15:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 29th January 2013 at 09:56.

An expensive advanced piece of hardware continues to be lost after going AWOL during a routine military exercise in northern Norway, officers say.

The mising REMUS 100 AUV
The mising REMUS 100 AUV
Photo: Norwegian Military


Joint air, navy and army exercise Silver Rein II 2012 was going to plan last year, until military personnel lost contact with their yellow REMUS 100 AUV.

The several million kroner AUV was deployed to search the bottom of the seabed for dummy mines in and around the port of Tromsø, Troms County, when it disappeared on 14th November. A press release was sent out at the end of that month.

It can look for these in shallower depths the Navy’s other minesweepers cannot gain access to, according to spokesperson Lieutenant Thomas Gjesdal.

“We spent several days conducting a thorough search, using all the resources at hand to try and locate it, No signal was received from its beacon, and we concluded the [northerly] currents in the area at the time probably carried it further out,” he tells The Foreigner.

Norway defence industry major Kongsberg Maritime manufactures what it terms as the “compact and lightweight” REMUS AUV. Its shape and propeller make it look like a torpedo.

Suited to amongst other sectors defence, the company says two people can carry the self-powered equipment because of its small size.

At the same time, Kongsberg Maritime declares the advanced electronics aboard makes it well adapted to its tasks.  AUVs can also carry various types of payload.

About this particular underwater piece of equipment, Lieutenant Thomas Gjesdal adds that “it only contained declassified technology. It’s not worth anything to anyone else who finds it, though it is to us.”

Members of the public are asked to keep a lookout for the AUV, which measures 180cm by 19cm (70.86in by 7.48in) and weighs 39kgs (roughly 86lbs).

Anyone who finds the Navy’s yellow REMUS 100 with blue writing and the orange antenna on top are asked to alert them on (+47) 995 45 782.

It is also marked with “Hydroid a Kongsberg maritime company”, and “NORWEGIAN NAVY”.



Published on Monday, 28th January, 2013 at 15:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 29th January 2013 at 09:56.

This post has the following tags: norwaynavy, missingremus100, auv.





  
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