community’s platforms also are used to host unmanned
underwater vehicles (UUVs) operated by other units.
“We also routinely operate with EOD [explosive
ordnance disposal] expeditionary MCM [mine counter-measures] companies; they operate the unmanned
UUVs in their MCM inventory,” Cepek said.
The size of the new Mark VI patrol boat makes it an
ideal platform for the employment of EOD MCM UUVs.
Two types built by Kongsberg Hydroid are in use. The
Mk18 Mod 1 Sculpin, based on the REMUS 100 design,
is a small, surface-launched, battery-powered, autonomous, bottom-mapping UUV that can scout for mines
in advance of Navy EOD divers. It was used during
Operation Iraqi Freedom in mine-clearance operations
in the port of Umm Qasr.
The Mk18 Mod 2 Kingfish is based on the REMUS 600
UUV and is equipped with a side-scan sonar to detect
mines and other objects underwater. It was deployed to
the Persian Gulf in 2012. It can be deployed from a vessel
as small as an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat. n
Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU)
5 and Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3 discuss the capabilities of the
Remus unmanned underwater vehicle off the coast of Guam April 12.
EODMU 5 and CRS 3 were coordinating together to utilize the capabilities of the Mark VI patrol boat for mission-specific explosive ordnance