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ROV Used by US Army to Clear Ordnance Reef

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Forum Sub-Atlantic ROV Used by U.S. Army to Clear Ordnance Reef

(Source: Forum Energy Technologies Inc.; issued October 10, 2011)


HOUSTON --- The U.S. Army recently deployed a remotely operated underwater munitions recovery system (ROUMRS) over Ordnance Reef, an area off the Waianae Coast of Oahu.

The system used a Sub-Atlantic™ Comanche Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to recover and destroy explosives in an area that was used as a disposal site for military munitions after World War II.

The Comanche ROV used a seven thruster propulsion system specifically developed to provide high thrust lifting capability and was equipped with other specialized equipment to address the unique technical complexities of the operation.

Previously, the Army used divers to clear underwater munitions. The use of an ROV to perform this work was the first of its kind and was a combined effort of ARA Inc. and Oceaneering International Inc. working for the U.S. Army, as well as with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Hawaii’s Department of Oceanography.


Forum Energy Technologies Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a global provider of manufactured technologies and applied products to the energy industry. With approximately 3,000 employees, Forum provides subsea technology offering the most extensive range of Remotely Operated Vehicles, from electric observation ROVs, to large hydraulic Work-Class vehicles used for inspection, survey and deep-water construction, as well as other remote intervention technologies and services.

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