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A simplified concept for recovering a UUV to a submarine

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posted on 2023-05-18, 09:38 authored by Martin RenilsonMartin Renilson
The use of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to enhance the military capabilities of submarines and to reduce their operational risk is being considered by navies around the world. However, a major difficulty with the operations of UUVs is their recovery back to the submarine at the end of the mission. Various schemes have been proposed by a number of organisations working in this field; however, they all have major drawbacks. A simple concept is proposed based on a warp from the submarine to a low aspect ratio wing, similar to an otter board used by fishing trawlers. This approach allows the submarine to recover the UUV by slowly overtaking it. This is done at a sufficiently large transverse distance between the vessels where hydrodynamic interaction between the two is minimal, with the submarine travelling at a speed at which it can be safely controlled.

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Publication title

Underwater Technology

Volume

32

Pagination

193-197

ISSN

1756-0543

Department/School

Australian Maritime College

Publisher

Society for Underwater Technology

Place of publication

UK

Rights statement

Copyright © 2014 Society for Underwater Technology

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Water transport not elsewhere classified

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