Historical Look at Maritime Security: Pearl Harbour
Cody Warner | July 29, 2015
Here at Deep Trekker we have turned a particular focus on Maritime Security and have focused our time on solving problems of defending future attacks. It is important to recognize the past and review previous attacks that have been waged on ports to ensure that efforts toward port security are taken seriously.
The most infamous attack at a port occurred on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. Over 2,400 Americans were killed within 90 minutes of the attack being launched, while Japan lost 64 lives (Wikipedia). The attack was a surprise launch and was later ruled a war crime. Though it was illegal, it still happened and the attack should have been prevented or at least limited in its scope. The hanging of seven Japanese officials does not bring the thousands of lives lost back (PBS 2015).
Proper maritime inspection is how these attacks are prevented. The technology and resources did not exist then to monitor the ocean for the six aircraft carriers that were positioned just northwest of Hawaii for the attacks days prior to the strikes (Wikipedia). For proper security to be implemented, scanning sonars and vessels should be monitoring every inch of the ocean surrounding borders in order to prevent these attacks, which seems like a massive undertaking, but the use of ROVs is helping make this possible.
Deep Trekker provides the most cost effective monitoring device capable of both HD underwater video inspection and Sonar technologies. Defense systems does not have to be an insurmountable expense, it can be effective and reasonably priced!
Today’s defense vessels are advanced, cutting edge vehicles filled with a multitude of sensors and equipment to monitor operations within the ship. What many may be lacking however, is situational awareness of the ship’s hull.
From debris to adversaries, there are many instances where the hull could be potentially damaged. A Deep Trekker Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) provides a quick and accurate way for a team to inspect any potential damage.
Take for example, an alarming sound heard scraping against the hull while in the middle of an ocean. What is your next move? If you’re like most defense ships the next step is a laborious one. Limp the ship back home or to the nearest (potentially foreign) fort. Following the scheduling of divers, the ship has to be tagged out and wait for divers to arrive. After ensuring safety and security procedures are met, the divers can then enter the water to determine what the issue is, however minor it may actually be. This entire process could be greatly expedited through the use of a Deep Trekker robot.
ROVs have many other valuable roles to fill on a defense vessel as well. Applications such as target location and identification, payload delivery, salvage, and critical infrastructure inspection are greatly simplified and much safer using Deep Trekker’s versatile and capable platforms.
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