First Sea Lord Opens New ASV Portchester Facility

Monday October 6th, 2014

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, KCB, DSC, ADC, DL First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, opened the new ASV Portchester facility.

The opening of the new 24,000 sq. ft. head office and workshop was marked by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

Previously based in Trafalgar Wharf, ASV has relocated the short distance to the Murrills Estate in Portchester taking on three units.

The new facility is fully equipped with mechanical and electrical workshops and electronics lab, mechanical and software design suites and a mission control room for 24 hour autonomous operations.

“2014 has been our biggest year yet, we now have
over 40 members of staff, opened a US arm of the
business: ASV LLC, and have lots of exciting projects on the horizon” said ASV Managing Director Dan Hook.

“There is growing interest around maritime autonomous systems and their potential. This new facility puts ASV in the best position with the latest equipment and technology to provide the vehicles to meet this international demand”, he continued.

ASV has built over 60 unmanned vehicles for international military and security, oil and gas and science industries across the globe.

ASV’s C-Enduro was last week featured on the BBC news as taking part in the UK’s biggest ever deployment of unmanned marine vessels.

Earlier in 2014 ASV enjoyed success launching C-Worker, the world’s first unmanned oil and gas workboat as well as signing an enabling agreement with QinetiQ to continue supplying marine target boats for use on MOD ranges.

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