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The Governor-General of Australia discovered more about vessel simulation and underwater robotics during a visit to the Australian Maritime College last week.

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)—the Australian Monarch’s representative in Australia—and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove toured two of the College’s maritime facilities, and heard from staff and students about the impact of their work.

Their Excellencies had the opportunity to try vessel navigation first-hand in the College’s Centre for Maritime Simulations. Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove drove a simulated tug into the Port of Newcastle and took the helm of a ship in AMC’s main bridge simulator as it entered the same port.

Damien Freeman, Centre for Maritime Simulations Manager, explained how a recent projector upgrade meant that their experience was one of unparalleled realism, and described how students use AMC’s overall suite of simulation facilities to prepare them for work with real vessels.

Their Excellencies were then amongst the first visitors to AMC’s newly constructed autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) research laboratory. They were introduced to Gavia, one of AMC’s AUVs, and they heard from Facility Co-ordinator, Peter King, about how engineers and scientists at AMC collaborate to send the robots into remote, inhospitable locations such as the Antarctic.

Concluding the trip, PhD students Jane Cullum, Sam Smith, Martin Friebe, Lachlan Clarke, and Supun Randeni briefly presented their research to their Excellencies; explaining how their defence and underwater robotics-related investigations will ultimately benefit industry and Defence in Australia.

Published on: 27 Oct 2016