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Science and Research
(Image credit: U.S. Navy/Edward Guttierrez III)

The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Fort Story, VA. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval Research.

Deep sea explorers and shipwreck investigators have been using unmanned submersibles to explore the mysteries of the deep since the 1980s. Today, unmanned submersibles are being put to use for nearly every underwater need imaginable- including sea floor mapping, fish and whale tracking, water contaminate testing, and coral reef exploration.

As sea levels rise, water temperatures change, and underwater life reacts to these changes, it is more important than ever that scientists and researchers have the tools necessary to study the effects wherever they may be occurring. 

Virginia's Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provide the perfect conditions for unmanned underwater systems testing. Come see why companies all over the country come to Virginia test their products!

Man holds up a small submersible.
Two men adjust the electronic systems inside an autonomous underwater vehicle
A seaglider unmanned underwater vessel is prepared for launch on the deck of a ship.

(L Image credit: US Army Corps of Engineers)
(C Image Credit: Naval Oceanographic Office/NPR)
(R Image Credit: U.S. Navy/John F. Williams)