Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

CANSEC 23 – Tulmar Safety Systems

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

Tulmar exhibited at last week’s CANSEC in Ottawa, showcasing their Galeo Next Generation Tactical Life Preserver as well as the new work they are doing with Sweden’s SAAB to manufacture their multispectral camouflage systems in North America.

Apollo Ranger Bio-Fin – Stealth Black

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

For when you need more than one tactical fin option!

The Apollo Ranger Bio-Fin was engineered for a particular mission set. Designed to provide a tough, light & compact fin offering performance without compromise. It provides nearly all the benefits and 80% of the thrust of a full-sized Stealth Bio-Fin but without the length. It is now also available with stealth black stainless-steel spring.

Ideally suiting dives where a long fin is either undesirable or simply gets in the way of operations. Inclusive tactical divers wearing Patriot3 Jet Boots, DDV pilots, parachutists conducting water jumps, helicopter or ship SAR swimmers or divers, Police dive teams, standby divers and white water rescue teams to name a few.

• Fits both Amphibious boots and standard Military footwear.

• A tough Natural rubber blade provides exceptional manoeuvrability and explosive thrust.

• Propeller-fin technology – proven to reduce fatigue and maximise endurance.

• Secure stainless steel spring strap eliminate strap, lug or buckle breakage and are quick & easy to don and remove.

• Soft comfortable foot pocket with anti-slip high traction sole (easy to walk in).

• Negatively buoyant, if the operator is required to discard the fin it will sink to the bottom; so as not to alert others of the operator’s presence.

• The rubber’s flexibility still gives a powerful thrust, while reducing the risk of surface splashing. The comfortable foot pocket accommodates most military and amphibious footwear, for example jungle boots.

Uncompromisingly made of the best natural rubber and fittings in Japan.  

Stealth Black military only version is NSN’d for all size ranges. 

NSN # and Size options are available from 

Dynamis Alliance – Neptune Dive Blade

Saturday, May 27th, 2023

The long anticipated Neptune Dive Blade is now available from Dynamis Alliance. Created by former Navy SEAL Dom Raso and manufactured in the USA, the Neptune is the culmination of over 11 years of meticulous research, development, and invaluable real-world operational experience. It features a CPM-S110V full tang blade which is coated with their proprietary NEPT-X a durable, corrosion-resistant finish capable of withstanding the harshest aquatic conditions.

With several sheath options, the retention system features triple retention, whether you are on land or sea and is designed to be attached directly to your BC or a MOLLE platform.

Not your average dive tool, the Neptune features a spear point with serrations down one edge and a line cutter notch on the other.

Additionally, the scale grip system can be removed for maintenance and incorporates a lanyard loop.

SeaGuardian Used by USN in Support of Integrated Battle Problem

Sunday, May 21st, 2023

AN DIEGO – 18 May 2023 – In support of the U.S. Navy’s (USN) Integrated Battle Problem 2023 (IBP-23) exercise in May, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) conducted a series of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercises cooperatively with the USN Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM) 38, 49, 71, and 75. GA-ASI flew a company-owned MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) under a USN Flight Clearance. The HSM squadrons flew the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flown out of Naval Air Station North Island off the coast of San Diego, Calif., on April 24-25, 2023.

The exercise was focused on Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) to conduct Cooperative ASW in the Southern California Offshore ASW range. During the two-day event, MH-60s dropped sonobuoys to detect a mobile training target. Using the combined SeaGuardian and MH-60R teaming concept, correlation and location of the target was expeditiously achieved and tactical reports – known as TACREPs – were then transmitted to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 34 Theater ASW Center at Naval Station Pearl Harbor via the MQ-9B crew. The CTF then directed a coordinated constructive “kill” of the simulated submarine with notional torpedoes dropped from the MH-60s. The ASW payload on the SeaGuardian uses the latest version of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Sonobuoy Processor.

“These advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures utilizing MUM-T further reinforce the advantages to unmanned aircraft in combat with less risk to force,” said GA-ASI Vice President of DoD Strategic Development Patrick Shortsleeve.

The IBP-23 exercise is the third time GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SeaGuardian has supported this annual event. These exercises generate warfighting advantages for the Fleet by providing the operational environment to work through tactics, techniques, procedures, and command and control to refine and enhance warfighting. The Fleet IBP series is led by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and executed by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet and will continue throughout May 2023.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Rash Guard

Friday, May 19th, 2023

Constructed from a high-performance USA poly/spandex, the Rash Guard is designed for a compression fit that dries extremely quick.

Smooth flat seams help protect skin from rubbing and abrasion commonly found in a maritime or watersport environment. It is great for protection against extended exposure to the sun. Integrated low-profile thumbhole help keep sleeves in place when putting on equipment or garments.

Order your standard t-shirt size for a compressed fit and consider stepping up 1-2 sizes for a more relaxed fit.

100% Made in the USA

83% Polyester, 17% Spandex

Check out FirstSpear to find American Made kit and accessories, Built For The X.

SOF Week 23 – Tactical Breathable Drysuit

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Swedish brand Waterproof is week known in the European diving community. They exhibited their Model M47 Tactical Breathable Drysuit.

Weighing 2 kg (size Med), theirs breathable drysuit is designed for full range of motion both under and above the surface. It’s made from 4-Layer AQUAMAX 330D Cordura Nylon with an inner layer of 20D Nylon Tricot. Fully seam sealed, it incorporates a seamless crotch, neck and wrist seals as well as a YKK AQUASEAL #10 light and flexible plastic dry zipper across the shoulders for donning and doffing.

Available in a nonmagnetic model, it comes in Black or NATO Green in male and female sizes XS-3XL (No 3XL in female sizing) with Tall and Short available upon request.

SOF Week 23 – Secumar

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

This is the SECUVAC from German dive equipment manufacturer Secumar.

This two-part equipment is designed to protect an injured person during maritime operations. It consists of a polymer rescue sled for rigidity and ease of movement and a waterproof cover with zippers at three sides. The sled can also be hoisted. You can also insert an inflatable mattress between the sled and cover. Inside is a fleece blanket.

The face covering is clear to allow rescuers to monitor and communicate with the evacuee. It includes hoops to keep it off of the evacuee’s face.

Although the evacuee breathes what air is inside the SECUVAC, there is an inlet valve located at abdominal area and an outlet valve at the head area. This can be used to provide oxygen and positive buoyancy. There is also laser cut PALS webbing at select areas to attach gear.

Warrior West 23 – Watershed Weapon Bag, Mk18

Friday, April 7th, 2023

Watershed has developed a new waterproof weapons bag specifically for the Mk18 carbine.

As you can see it incorporates a waterproof zipper as well as an oral inflation tube and laser cut PALS webbing along with a haul loop.

Internally to the this seam sealed bag, there is a tie down point for the weapon.

Units and agencies can procure products seen at Warrior West by contacting ADS, Inc.