Gibbs & Cox Provides Advanced Marine Autonomy Solutions

Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy released the “Unmanned Campaign Framework,” in which Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker says, “to compete and win in an era of great power competition, the Department [of the Navy] is committed to investing in advanced autonomy, robust networks, and unmanned systems to create true integrated human-machine teaming that is ubiquitous across the fleet.” Gibbs & Cox is also committed to investing in advanced autonomy, and we have built up our specialized marine autonomy department since its establishment in 2018 in anticipation of the Navy is increasing need for unmanned vessels and artificial intelligence (AI). Our expert team of robotics and unmanned system specialists has been instrumental in our ability to provide the U.S. Navy with cutting-edge technology and service. Although we only formally established our marine autonomy group in 2018, we began implementing autonomy technology in 1955 with the U.S. Navy Sea Legs project. Sea Legs was the first vessel to successfully use actively controllable submerged-foil hydrofoils. Pitch, roll, and attitude of the boat in flight were controlled electronically by an autopilot stabilizing system. We have advanced significantly since 1955 and are proud to offer a range of marine autonomy services to help the Navy adapt to an increasingly complex security environment.

Providing the Right Marine Autonomy Tools for a Successful Mission

Marine Autonomy at Gibbs Cox

Successful unmanned system (UMS) deployment depends on a vessel’s ability to monitor, predict, and diagnose performance degradations and failures in an Hull, Mechanical & Electrical

(HM&E) system of systems while underway, and then optimize the usage of available resources. G&C offers a Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) approach, which expands upon Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture (UMAA), to provide the interface specifications needed to confidently code, deploy, and win. We envision integrating with a broader Condition-Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) paradigm in the future to provide just-in-time system maintenance during port visits.

Partnering with the Best in Marine Autonomy

Gibbs & Cox understands autonomy and the challenges that accompany it, and this understanding allows us to collaborate with the right teammates to develop successful, reliable unmanned and autonomous vessels for our clients. We team with industry leaders in Hull, Mechanical & Electrical (HM&E) system design, reliability, and AI, as well as reputable shipyards, to develop and field Unmanned Maritime Vehicles that will operate for long durations without human intervention. These partnerships allow us to cultivate innovative marine autonomy solutions that will drive the future of the US Navy fleet.

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How Gibbs & Cox Marine Engineers Connect with Partners and Clients

Gibbs & Cox naval architects and marine engineers are dedicated to providing exceptional and comprehensive service to all of our customers. Whether it is a virtual or in-person event, it is crucial for us to meet with our customers and learn about their evolving needs so that we can tailor our marine engineering process and services to better serve them. One way that we do this is through trade shows. Trade shows provide us with the opportunity to meet with our customers from across the globe to discuss emerging trends in the maritime environment, develop relationships with other experts from our industry, meet new potential partners and clients, explore new ideas, and learn about revolutionary concepts.

The Benefits of Attending Trade Shows

Trade shows are beneficial because they provide an engaging, interactive environment where our customers can learn about Gibbs & Cox’s unique capabilities, ask questions, and see our display. The maritime environment is constantly evolving, and G&C continuously improves our capabilities and services to remain on the cutting edge of technology. Trade shows provide us with the opportunity to highlight new technology and services. G&C recently exhibited at the Sea Air SpMarine Engineering Firm Gibbs Cox at Trade Showace trade show, where we debuted our newly combined capabilities since our acquisition by Leidos. Attendees were able to come by our booth and meet a variety of our experienced marine engineers and naval architects, as well as many of our leadership, and learn about how we combined G&C ship and USV capabilities with Leidos undersea sensors and UUV capabilities to bring our customers full domain solutions throughout the maritime environment.

Meet our Marine Engineers at Upcoming Events

Come meet us in-person at the following upcoming tradeshows and learn more about our marine engineering services!
Shock & Vibration Symposium (Sept. 19-23)
Society of Women Engineers (Oct. 21-23) – Visit us online and in person!
International Workboat Show (Dec. 1-3)
34th Surface Navy Association National Symposium (Jan. 11-13)

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