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Advanced Ocean Systems completes acquisition of Ocean Specialists, Inc. AOS strengthens engineering capabilities further to serve DoD and commercial markets

Advanced Ocean Systems (AOS), a US-based Small Business offering autonomous and remote systems development capabilities to the ocean industry, has announced the acquisition of Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI), effective January 1, 2024. OSI joins SeaRobotics and Okeanus Science & Technology under the AOS umbrella.

“This marks an important milestone for AOS and our long-term strategy to serve the defense, offshore energy, seabed infrastructure, and scientific markets with a unique spectrum of capabilities to design, develop, and deploy standard and custom products as well as integrated solutions for our customers,” said AOS CEO John Jacobson.

Now, through the strategic combination of Ocean Specialists, SeaRobotics, and Okeanus, AOS is leveraging almost a century of collective ocean industry experience to provide a broad range of marine system design, development, and deployment services, from rapid prototyping to full-scale engineering, production, test, commissioning, and installation.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Ocean Specialists, a recognised industry authority in the build out and installation of submarine cable systems and seabed infrastructure,” said Jacobson. “Ocean Specialists brings almost 25 years of delivering complex subsea systems integration and multi-stakeholder project management to AOS, a unique set of capabilities that will help drive AOS’ founding mission to deliver genuine turnkey integrated solutions to governmental and commercial clients, from the seabed to the surface and beyond.”

Speaking of the announcement, Ocean Specialists’ President Perry Wright, added:

“This is an exciting new chapter for Ocean Specialists, and we look forward to capitalising on the operational synergies and engineering capabilities that make AOS a formidable end-to-end ocean technology developer and system integrator.”

About AOS

Advanced Ocean Systems (AOS) is a Small Business that offers a unique spectrum of engineered solutions designed to integrate autonomous and remote systems into the at-sea operations of the defense, offshore energy, seabed infrastructure, and scientific markets.

Through its three specialist affiliates—SeaRobotics, Ocean Specialists, Okeanus Science & Technology—and its engineering, fabrication, and testing facilities in Houston, TX, and Stuart, FL, AOS is fully equipped to custom design, manufacture, and install mission-critical ocean systems with expert cradle-to-grave project services and sustainment support.