After participating in the international exercise REPMUS 22 in the Atlantic Ocean, NATO’s multi-purpose research vessel Alliance with Italian Navy crew departed on October 18 from the Norwegian port of Tromso with a scientific team from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) of the US NAVY for a new scientific research mission.
The Northern Ocean Rapid Surface Evolution (NORSE) 22 campaign, organised with NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), will take place in the waters of the Norwegian Sea off Jan Mayen Island.
NORSE 22 focuses on the characterization of ocean physical parameters associated with underwater acoustic propagation at high ice-free latitudes. The goal is to improve forecasting models of propagation, and release an autonomous observation network composed of sensors and submerged autonomous vehicles to measure the sea currents and characteristics that make up the various layers of the Arctic Ocean. Launched on September 5th from La Spezia, under the command of Frigate Captain Federico Carleo, Nave Alliance can count on a crew of 44 soldiers to which, for the NORSE 22 mission, is added a research group consisting of 25 scientific researchers from the most important university research departments in the sector, coordinated by Dr. Megan Ballard of the University of Texas, Head of the ONR scientific mission.
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