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September 2022

NAVIGATOR - Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System

Ontario, Canada, April 11, 2011 - In December of 2010, Shark Marine Technologies Inc. of St.Catharines, Ontario, delivered a quantity of their Navigator, Diver-Held Sonar and Navigation Systems, to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). The Navigators will be used by the RNLN clearance divers for VSW MCM and ship hull inspections as well as to assist local civilian authorities in searching for drowning victims and underwater criminal evidence.

The use of the Navigators will greatly enhance the divers’ situational awareness, their area coverage rate, and their personal safety by providing them with real time information regarding position, depth and heading, as well as an extended visual range through the use of an imaging sonar. They will be able to traverse pre-programmed tracks and waypoints on a nautical chart, relying on guidance provided by the Navigators many positioning options, while recording sonar imagery along with video and digital photos to be used to verify their identification of objects.

The RNLN joins a growing community of NATO and NATO Friendly country's who have selected the Navigator to aid their clearance diver’s underwater operations. Others currently using this unique diver held sonar and navigation system include Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, France and Russia.

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