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Oceanographic Southern Partnership Station 10 survey demonstrations continued today in Cartagena, Colombia. Fleet Survey Team Expeditionary Survey Vehicles, currently assigned to the USNS Henson, used the ESVs, or Jet Skis, to demonstrate shallow water surveys to Colombia Naval personnel from the Centro De Investigaciones Oceanograficas e Hidrograficas in the Port of Cartagena, Columbia. ESVs are outfitted with LOWRANCE Single Beam Echo Sounder and NAVCOM 2040 survey grade Global Positioning System equipment and specialize in very shallow water environments of 10 meters or less. ESVs provide direct support to naval operations by conducting rapid environmental assessments for beach landings, short notice check surveys to endure safe navigation, and other coastal and riverine uses. The Henson will remain in Cartagena for several days to demonstrate various military oceanography and hydrography survey techniques and technology used by the U.S. Navy to collect data which can be used to create or update nautical charts and other mission-related data. O-SPS 10 is a joint project being conducted to demonstrate current technologies and capabilities of the U.S. Navy, to share information on conducting military oceanographic surveys in various environments between members of the CIOH staff and the crew of the Henson, and to strengthen ties between each country's military.

 
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