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Unmanned Force Protection: Iver 3

EOD Community Deploys Sub-Surface Unmanned Vehicles

Unmanned vehicles. It's a phrase very much of our times conjuring images of a sky filled with drone aircraft of various sizes and shapes.

It's almost a scene straight out of Star Wars: the silent drone patrolling a vast alien sky scanning for any threats, collecting a lot of useful data to be analyzed later.

Now replace the alien sky with the Earth's oceans and you've just entered the world of the Iver-3 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

Cruising at 2.5 knots at a depth of up to 300 feet, these self-guided AUV probes sail silently for 14 hours, sonar-scanning all they survey.

These silent, sub-surface sentinels are the latest in the arsenal of Navy underwater explosive ordinance disposal teams - maximizing threat neutralization and minimizing human risk.
  • Explosive ordnance disposal technicians conduct an ocean-bottom survey.

    Explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 and Explosive Ordnance Training Unit 1, conduct an ocean-bottom survey using an Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) near the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba during Eager Lion 2015. Photo by MC2 Arthurgwain L. Marquez.

  •  Explosive ordnance disposal technicians demonstrate the use of a Robotix vLBv300 unmanned underwater vehicle.

    Explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 and Explosive Ordnance Training Unit 1, demonstrate the use of a Robotix vLBv300 unmanned underwater vehicle at the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba during Eager Lion 2015. Photo by MC2 Arthurgwain L. Marquez.

  • An ocean-bottom survey is conducted using an Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

    Explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 and Explosive Ordnance Training Unit 1, conduct an ocean-bottom survey using an Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) near the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba during Eager Lion 2015. Photo by MC2 Arthurgwain L. Marquez.

  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Dustin Gardner searches the ocean bottom.

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Dustin Gardner, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Evaluation Unit 1, searches the ocean bottom with a Robotix vLBv300 unmanned underwater vehicle near the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba during Exercise Eager Lion 2015. Photo by MC2 Arthurgwain L. Marquez.