Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center based at Stennis Space Center, Miss., lost contact with one of its Remus 100 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City and Biltmore Beach in Florida during a training exercise on Thursday night.
The UUV poses no danger or threat to the public or sea life. The UUV is a battery powered vehicle that is programmed to follow an underwater search pattern using low power sonar energy to look for objects on the sea floor. The last contact with the vehicle showed it heading north, so it has a good possibility of reaching shore. However, it also could be adrift in the gulf.
The UUV is entirely black in color, 6 feet long, 7 inches in diameter and weighs 90 pounds. The public is requested to call the phone number, 228-688-4862, listed on the sticker on the side of the vehicle if it is sighted.
For additional information contact Cmdr. Chris Gabriel at 206-861-4990.