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18 Navy | Spring 2018 MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS AMANDA R. GRAY D uring a 2015 deployment off the coast of Scotland in the Virginia-class attack subma- rine USS Missouri, Sonar Technician– Submarine 1st Class (SS) Griffin Reidel got permission from his skipper to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the bridge. e drone aircra was able to capture fairly detailed videography and photographs — impressive, considering the less-than- ideal weather typical of the area. It dawned on Reidel and his shipmates that even though he simply wanted to create a sort of multimedia log of the deployment, drone flights could prove to be a very useful tool. "I launched it, took some video and brought it back," Reidel said. "But then we could see the potential for UAV launches from submarines for man-overboard operations." Reidel and his shipmates recognized that while they were on to something, the chances were all too good that it may never see light of day. anks to the Navy's Innovation Laboratory, or iLab, Reidel's experiment lives on. e iLab was established at Naval Submarine Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in November 2016, as a visual walk-through clearinghouse of sorts for ideas like Reidel's. Since then, somewhere between 800 and 1,000 Sailors, civilians and members of other services have passed through the lab, garnering ideas that might help them and offering suggestions of their own. Encour- aged by the lab's early success, its managers have taken outreach versions on the road, thus expanding its reach considerably. A recent trip to Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., drew 1,000 visitors. "[Reidel's] idea was something that probably would have gotten lost in the ether, or nobody would have paid much attention to it," said LCDR Chris Keithley, iLab Helps Sailors 'Match Up Technology and Capability' for Real-World Solutions By Nick Adde INNOVATION IN THE FLEET

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