Royal Navy Purchases Raytheon Bathy System

—Literature Available The British Royal Navy has purchased a deepwater bathy system from Raytheon Ocean Systems Company, East Providence, R.I., and installed it aboard the HMS Challenger, a new seabed operations vessel.

The Challenger is one of the world's most technologically advanced hydrographic vessels. It features the very latest in equipment and systems and is designed to search, inspect, and recover objects on the seabed at great depths.

The Raytheon system is modular and comprised of standard company instruments integrated into a highly compatible unit. The bathy system includes a 12-kHz transducer, correlation echo sounder processor, model LSR-1811 line scan recorder, switch panel, sonar transceiver, precision depth digitizer, and onboard computers.

The profiling system has the power and processing capabilities for deepwater surveys, yet can perform equally well in shallower coastal waters. Rugged and flexible, it meets specific survey needs while maintaining performance and application versatility.

Advanced electronics throughout the Challenger have resulted in a number of distinctive characteristics, including a sophisticated dynamic positioning system, unusual propulsion and maneuvering, and high-power generation capabilities.

At sea since 1984, the ship has already demonstrated unique abilities.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Nov 1985

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