Government Agencies Purchase JW Fishers SeaLion ROVs

Government Agencies Purchase JW Fishers SeaLion ROVs

Several U.S. government agencies, including the Department of State, a U.S. Navy maintenance facility and an emergency management agency (EMA) in Wyoming, have recently purchased JW Fishers (East Taunton, Massachusetts) SeaLion remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

“Several vendors came to our facility to demonstrate their vehicles,’ said an official at the Navy facility in Washington. “We were not impressed with the performance of the micro ROVs. The SeaLion best fit our requirements for power, rugged construction and an economical cost.”

The SeaLion purchased by the State Department was sent to a U.S. Embassy on a Caribbean Island, where it will assist the U.S. Coast Guard in inspecting vessels bound for U.S. waters.

The system purchased by Wyoming’s EMA is intended to help law enforcement agencies and public safety dive teams search for drowning victims, locate sunken vessels and submerged vehicles and recover evidence that criminals dispose of in lakes and rivers. The Navy’s SeaLion will be used to inspect ships’ hulls and other underwater structures and aid in base security

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