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Global Underwater Hub launches defence sector Innovation Call

09 August 2022

The Global Underwater Hub, in partnership with the Royal Navy and Babcock, has welcomed the response to its call for innovation that aims to identify technologies and techniques used in the offshore environment that can be applied to the defence sector to address key problem challenges and generate efficiency savings.

Launched in June this year, the joint initiative seeks to identify ways to increase the operational uptime of assets and reduce dry-docking periods by adopting and adapting existing in-water inspection, maintenance and repair practices used in other sectors.

This is the first project to be unveiled by the Global Underwater Hub since its formation last year. It underlines the cross-sectoral exchanging of knowledge, skills and expertise that is at the heart of the membership organisation, which represents businesses operating in the offshore energy, aquaculture, defence, telecoms and subsea mining industries.

As part of the initiative, three separate calls for innovation will take place.The first call which closed in early July focused on in-water inspection, while details of calls two and three will be announced in the autumn. All three calls are open to Global Underwater Hub members and non-members.

Around 50 companies registered an interest in call one, in which the Royal Navy was seeking proven, modern technologies and methodologies which it can employ to improve its routine in-water inspection activities