The world of special operations is on the cusp of receiving the new 4-Man Tactical Diving Vehicle, the “Shadow Seal.”
The vehicle is a collaboration between JFD and Blue Tide Marine. The Shadow Seal is currently undergoing Factory Acceptance Trials (FATS), Harbor Acceptance Trials (HATS) and final in-water trials. After that, it will be delivered to BTM in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for demonstration and training.
The Shadow Seal ads a ton of capability to special operations forces, with the unit capable of carrying four members: a Driver, Navigator and two passengers for distances of up to 80nm/148km; the unit can operate on the surface, semi-submerged or fully submerged!
Commenting on the Shadow Seal and cooperation with BTM, JFD Managing Director Rob Hales stated:
“The BTM partnership ensures that we can offer innovative solutions to modern day challenges; such as the current capability gap in littoral manoeuvre; with first class in-country demonstration and training. JFD is committed to further developing our in-country capabilities including through-life support services and this upcoming, important delivery milestone reflects a significant milestone in our mission to better serve the US and wider Americas undersea markets.”
While Bob Pudney, the president of Blue Tide Marine, added:
“We are excited to bring this collaborative effort of JFD and BTM to the subsea sector and look forward to the delivery of the Shadow Seal. This multi-mission capable platform provides an opportunity to modernize the undersea capabilities of SOCOM, the US Navy and other agency partners with advanced mission focused technology, extended range and offers practical training and in service support.”