Government Affairs » May 8, 2018 Hearing

U.S. Congress calls on IOSTIA to provide expert testimony on future blue technologies.

On Tuesday, May 8 2018 IOSTIA member Exocetus Autonomous Systems testified on new Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), sensors, and the integration of emerging marine technologies. Christopher J. Coyle, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (RCA) and ranking member U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) and spoke on the subject of hearing was "Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance."

“Our Oceans cover 70% of the planet yet only 5% of the ocean floor has been mapped. We know more about the surface of the moon than we know about what lies below the surface of our waters. How is that possible? The final frontier to be discovered is our oceans! The next space race is our oceans,” remarked Coyle in his opening statement to the subcommittee.

“AUVs will prove to be cheaper to operate, put fewer seamen in harm’s way, and therefore assume greater levels of risk. AUVs are more expendable and can augment a fleet to do search and reconnaissance. Small AUVs now can detect enemy subs. Today, AUVs are working on sea sensing and mine counter measure tasks. By 2025, the Navy’s AUV fleet will support undersea warfare by going into denied waters that are either too deep or too shallow for manned platforms. AUVs will continue to provide greater benefit to the U.S. Coast Guard for port and waterway security, maintaining navigation, marine environmental protection, oil spill protection and response, marine pollution, fisheries, ocean shipping lanes and in support of parts of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017,” continued Coyle.


Other experts testifying at the hearing included:

    • Rear Admiral Michael Haycock, U.S. Coast Guard
    • Dr. Eric J. Terrill, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    • Mr. Michael Jones, President, The Maritime Alliance
    • Mr. Thomas Chance, CEO, Autonomous Surface Vehicles, LLC
    • Dr. Tuba Ozkan-Haller, Oregon State University
    • Rear Admiral Jonathan White, USN, Ret., President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership