The Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) hydrographic survey vessels, the HNLMS Snellius (A802) and HNLMS Luymes (A803), will be equipped with FarSounder’s Forward-Looking Sonar (FLS). The 3D sonar systems provide real-time data on what lies ahead under the water.

The sonar systems will be placed on the vessels during their mid-life upkeep (MLU) to be conducted at Damen Shipyards. The ships’ missions will be both military and public safety operations. However, their primary task is to perform hydrographic survey duties in both the North Sea and the Netherlands Antilles. These duties include rapid environmental assessments, in addition to bathymetry and route surveys. Ultimately, these vessels will collect data for the Hydrographic Service of the sea.

Local History Mapping

The FarSounder FLS offers Local History Mapping (LHM). This capability allows for real-time mapping of the seafloor. This map updates every two seconds and can be saved for future use. This feature is well suited for post disaster missions. On these types of missions, the ships will be tasked to collect data in areas of concern after storms when bottoms can shift and debris is inevitable.

Picture: The HNLMS Snellius entering the Port of Scheveningen, the Netherlands.