Top 3 Uses for Mini-ROVs in the Navy
The applications for Deep Trekker mini-ROVs are plentiful and range across a number of different industries. The security industry, in particular naval operations, is one that since the launch of our DTX2 ROV and Diveable Control System, where we have been able to expand our list of applicable uses.
In this post we are going to explore the top three uses for mini-ROVs in the Navy.
Some would argue that naval vessels are among the most important elements of a Navy (apart from Navy officers). It is safe to say that without watercraft vessels, the Navy would not be able to perform the necessary duties of the force. Ensuring that the Navy’s ships are always in the best possible shape is of very high importance to ensure that operations run smoothly and the safety of the crews are not compromised.
Deep Trekker ROVs are the perfect tool for Navy personnel to perform regular hull inspections. With Deep Trekker DTG2 and DTX2 models, the ROV can be deployed from the side of the ship at any point to investigate any potentially compromised areas. Traditionally hull inspections take place through the means of dry docking (draining all of the water out from the docks surrounding the vessel), but this process can be lengthy and expensive. Dry docking every time there is the worry of a compromise can thus be seen as inefficient when a tool like the DTX2 can be used to check on the hull.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Generally speaking, EOD is the process of disarming improvised and non-improvised explosive devices. For the Navy in particular, these tasks usually include the disarming of underwater munitions and explosives making it even more dangerous due to the added risks associated with being underwater. Sending a diver down to dispose of an un-detonated explosive is extremely dangerous because of the fact that blasts can carry further underwater.
In many situations, divers can in fact be replaced by a mini-ROV in situations such as this. Of course, having a diver in the water has a number of benefits by allowing for human judgement, but in situations such as this, the risks are simply too big. DTG2 and DTX2 ROVs can be used for munition identification and neutralization. By using the grabber arm, the Navy is able to deliver payloads to the targets to neutralize them.
For example, the DTG2 ROV was used in a recent munitions response project performed by CH2M. Check out the story here.
While this application is more ambiguous because specials operations can involve a number of different tasks and are usually more discreet, mini-ROVs can still be very beneficial in the execution of these missions. Whether it be a search and rescue operations, a recovery mission, or surveying for enemy divers or submarines, Deep Trekker ROVs are the perfect tool to act as an extra set of eyes (and hand if you consider the grabber arm) in the water. While not as widely discussed, mini-ROVs are used for an array of special tasks within the Navy that are not publicly available.