US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD replaces ROVs lost during Hurricane Isabelle – 8-Pound Remotely Operated Vehicle Provides Foundation for Coursework.
VideoRay announced today that the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, has purchased two VideoRay Pro III remotely operated vehicles, each identically outfitted with a SeaSprite scanning sonar, extension tether, training, 15-inch picture-in-picture monitor and manipulator arm valued at over $75,000.
The VideoRay will be used in Midshipman education, ocean engineering coursework and labs, and faculty research, according to Commander William Marr, Ph.D., P.E., of the Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department at the US Naval Academy. The VideoRay replaces two ROVs that were destroyed in Hurricane Isabelle, which swept through Annapolis, Maryland, last September.
“We were looking for an ROV that was lightweight, easy to use, and had good capabilities,” says Dr. Marr, who first saw the VideoRay in operation during the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans last year. “The VideoRay will give the seniors hands-on training and show them how well a real ROV system can work.”
The order by the US Naval Academy follows a recent order by the US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC for VideoRay micro-ROVs, accessories, and training totaling $451,405.00 USD.