HII uses Bluezone for REMUS AUV services in Australia


Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the US shipbuilder and manufacturer of unmanned systems, announced on Tuesday that it has selected its Australian business partner, BlueZone Group, as its REMUS authorized service center for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

The Newcastle-based company will provide local support to REMUS AUVs for the Royal Australian Navy and other regional customers.

HII and BlueZone Group will host a formal agreement signing on May 10, 2022, during the Indo-Pacific International Maritime Expo at the International Convention Center in Sydney, Australia.

“We are delighted to bring this increased capability to Australia through our partner BlueZone Group,” said Duane Fotheringham, President of HII’s Mission Technologies Division’s Unmanned Systems Business Group. “This depot-level support is essential for the expanded use of AUVs in the region and will enable increased system readiness for critical defense missions.”

As a REMUS Service Center, BlueZone can perform level three depot support, maintenance and repair of REMUS AUVs at its facilities. Services will include regular scheduled maintenance, module and component repair, upgrades, battery conditioning and replacement, and sensor integration. BlueZone will also be equipped to fully test systems and train end users on their operations.

Elisabeth Karpiel, CEO of BlueZone Group, stated that “a BlueZone Group depot-level maintenance and support facility will maximize ‘uptime’ for REMUS users in the Asia-Pacific region and enhance support capabilities. Remote and Autonomous System (RAS) support. A BlueZone facility based in Australia will provide an experienced, efficient and highly responsive regional support capability. BlueZone’s 22 years of supporting the Australian Maritime RAS makes us the perfect partner for HII in the region.

REMUS first entered the Australian market in 2007 when the Royal Australian Navy acquired the REMUS 600. HII has since deployed hundreds of AUVs around the world.


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