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What was different about the latest Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

Rear Admiral Ronald Piret reports on ways the 2023 tech engagement event was unique compared to those of the past.

The Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, hosted by the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command was held at the University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Research Center on September, 28th 2023. Maritime professionals, high-school students, government and military officials, academics, and others gathered to discuss emerging ocean-sensing and security technologies that the Navy is pursuing alongside its closest federal partners, like NASA and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. One of the presentations spotlighted a partnership between the U.S. National Ice Center, Fleet Weather Center Norfolk, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the company Sofar Ocean to deploy 15 Spotter buoys during USGS Cutter Arctic deployments to help bolster safety at sea in data-sparse regions.

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