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Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey

An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jersey—but these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Ancient arrowheads found on shoreline of Sandy Hook reveal Native American settlement before the land was flooded by melting glaciers.

In 1854 two hundred and forty passengers of the New Era clipper ship met their fate off Deal Beach. Nobody knows what happened to two hydrogen bombs the United States Air Force lost off the Atlantic City Coast in 1957.

Lessons from such tragic wrecks and dangerous missteps urged the development of safer ships and the US Coast Guard. Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz uncovers curious tales of storms, heroism and oddities off the New Jersey coast.

The book will be available in late April and can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.

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Vince Capone recognized as sonar expert in U.S. District Court case

Black Laser Learning’s (BLL) Vince Capone has been recognized by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans as a sonar expert. BLL recently supported the esteemed New Orleans law firm of Frilot LLC in a case involving a deepwater sonar survey operation. Capone spent eight days listening to testimony and worked with Frilot attorneys to present expert analysis to the court based on his over 30 years of underwater surveying experience. Black Laser Learning has previously provided expert witness testimony on other hydrographic topics. 

Black Laser Learning trains Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center personnel

A team of 12 U.S. navy sailors looked on as BLL's lead instructor reviewed the fine nuances of analysing complex sea floor image data retrieved from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

In the summer of 2015, Black Laser Learning travelled to the Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi to provide a two-day sonar analysis training program to members of the U.S. Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center team.

NOMWC uses unmanned underwater vehicles to assist in gathering critical underwater data for oceanographic (creation of navy charts and etc.) and warfare operations.

"Understanding how to analyse UUV sonar imagery provides the Navy with critical mission information," says Black Laser's Vince Capone.

About Black Laser Learning: Black Laser Learning is a marine technology training company specializing in distilling complex technological subject matter into easy-to-understand training segments presented live, by DVD or computer-based interactive training formats. Our clients include the U.S. Navy and Marine Law Enforcement organizations.

Black Laser Learning supports Cambodian demining efforts

The ravages of war that occurred in Cambodia from the 1970s to the early 1990s still leave an indelible mark on the country today. Countless land mines were placed during the Cambodian Civil War during the 1970s by the Khmer Rouge, the Heng Samrin and Hun Sen regimes, and millions of tons of bombs rained down on the country during the Vietnam War.

Though the bloody conflicts are long over, land mines and underwater unexploded ordinance (UXO) are still part of everyday life for Cambodians. These dangerous weapons of war continue to injure and kill.

Efforts to find and defuse land mines have been ongoing for several years. However, in the last decade, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) was created to find mines, bombs, grenades and other military munitions in the country's lakes, rivers and streams. Its sole purpose is to provide extensive technical and underwater training to Cambodian volunteers so they can safely find, recover and relocate UXO.

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Black_Laser Avro Arrow middle found!-looked for this many years ago with no success. Great piece of Canadian history.

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