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U.S. NAVY Moving Quickly on Robotic Fleet

The NAVY reportedly wants 10 of the large unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) by 2025, and is also seeking six “extra-large” unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs).  The NAVY sees the CUSV surface drone as a means to protect harbors against terrorist attack. Unmanned vessels will be used to protect warships docked at NAVY piers.  Port security has been an ongoing concern since the attack on the destroyer USS Cole in 2000.

Lead photo of the Sea Hunter USV courtesy of Naval News.  U.S. NAVY photo of the CUSV by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah M. Rinckey.  Additional photos courtesy of Popular Mechanics and the U.S. NAVY.  Story courtesy of and the Unmanned Systems News (USN) published by David Place and Robin E. Alexander. 

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com for his assistance with this report.  David Place and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, offer a free, comprehensive news report on unmanned systems and robotics, the Unmanned Systems News (USN), in PDF format that is distributed every week or two, as well as serial news flashes. To be included in his viewership, simply send David a subscribe request to davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com.