Dutch Navy maps Simpson Bay Lagoon

POSTED: 11/6/12 12:24 PM

St. Maarten – Divers of the Royal Dutch Navy have mapped out Simpson Bay Lagoon by using advanced sonar systems. These results will benefit St Maarten’s emergency services in the future for the coming hurricane seasons. The divers are part of the Royal Netherlands Defence Forces Dive Group, and are specialised in safety and security under water.

Master Chief Petty Officer Klaas van der Heide on the results; “We now have a complete view of the Simpson Bay lagoon under water. This will help us to find people lost at sea after a hurricane strike.”

The Dutch Navy divers can cover an area of 10,000 square miles per minute by using advanced sonar equipment. Even shallow waters can be mapped out in great precision. Using so called ‘acoustical cameras’, divers were able to scan through the muddy waters of shallow areas and providing a clear picture of the entire lagoon. Divers also investigated and mapped out a wreck in the Simpson Bay approach.

In total 11 divers participate in the exercise in St Maarten. The exercise takes place under the auspices of the Commander Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean and is supported by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard.

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