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FarSounder sonar for RNLN vessels

31st July 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FarSounder’s 3D sonar systems have been selected for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) hydrographic survey vessels, the company announced on 30 July.

The company’s Forward-Looking Sonar (FLS) will provide the crew of HNLMS Snellius and HNLMS Luymes with real-time data that updates at every ping on their bridge regarding what lies ahead under the water as the ships navigate.

Snellius and Luymes carry out military and public safety operations, along with hydrographic survey duties in both the North Sea and the Netherlands Antilles. These duties include rapid environmental assessments, in addition to bathymetry and route surveys. The FarSounder FLS’ local history mapping capability allows for true real-time mapping of the seafloor. This map updates every two seconds and can be saved for future use.

The equipment will be installed as part of the vessels’ mid-life upkeep programme, being carried out by Damen Shipyards Den Helder.

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