- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2011

SYDNEY (AP) - International scientists have asked the Australian and U.S. navies to help them with research in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean.

British and Australian scientists want the navies to deploy robotic instruments in the Indian Ocean to record critical data on climate and monsoon.

Scientist Ann Threhser said Friday that a total of 19 Australian and British robots will be deployed by the two navies over the next six months. Thresher is a lead scientist at Australia’s national science agency.

She says the robots are part of the Agro program that monitors climate change and monsoon patterns in oceans.

The nearly 2 meter (6.5 feet) long robots fall 1.5 miles (2-kilometers) into the ocean to collect data.