Don Rodocker, chairman and CEO of Seabotix Inc., stands in his Point Loma headquarters with the company’s crawling undersea robot. The U.S. Government has purchased half of the company’s production of the robots, which have capabilities important to military commanders.

Don Rodocker, chairman and CEO of Seabotix Inc., stands in his Point Loma headquarters with the company’s crawling undersea robot. The U.S. Government has purchased half of the company’s production of the robots, which have capabilities important to military commanders. Photo by Stephen Whalen.

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