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REF NO.: 72

SUBJECT: Speaking of Engineering lecture to talk about the Canadian military’s use of remotely operated vehicles in underwater exploration and recovery missions

DATE: Nov. 2

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, Lieut. Neville Lockyer, mine warfare officer in the Fleet Dive Unit (Atlantic), will be in St. John’s to talk about the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) employed by the Canadian Navy and Canadian clearance divers.
Lieutenant Lockyer will talk specifically about the underwater autonomous vehicles employed during naval operations and the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot utilized by the Canadian Forces in locations such as Afghanistan.
ROVs play a key role in the conduct of naval mine warfare (NMW). As well, they are indispensible for use with EOD and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD) on both domestic and international operations.
In explaining the various roles of the Navy’s ROVs, Lieut. Lockyer will talk to a variety of missions and operations, including: Task Force Afghanistan EOD/IEDD operations; the humanitarian relief effort during Hurricane Katrina (2005); and the recovery of Swiss Air 111 from Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia (1998).            
This Speaking of Engineering lecture series, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., in the S. J. Carew Engineering Building’s Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre, room EN-2006, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Admission is free. Parking is available in Lot 16. All are welcome. Reception will follow.

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For further information, please contact Jackey Locke, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, at (709) 864-8287, 691-5027 or   


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