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China seizes, returns USN glider

20th December 2016 - 07:02 GMT | by Gordon Arthur, Richard Thomas in London & Hong Kong


On 20 December China quietly returned the US Navy's UUV that it had brazenly seized five days earlier in the South China Sea.

The platform was a Slocum Glider, although when contacted manufacturer Teledyne Marine directed all communications to the USN Oceanographic Office. All calls to the Oceanographic Office went unanswered.

Teledyne Marine’s Slocum G2 Glider is a capable platform featuring an independent processor for data acquisition, customisable for a variety of acoustic, optical and chemical sensors with a multi-depth capability.

International media reports indicate that such systems are part of a greater US effort to establish an underwater listening

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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