U.S. Navy Continues Unmanned Vessel Testing

Iranian ship attempted to confiscate drone last week.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet has been testing unmanned systems that use artificial intelligence since December of last year. The Saildrone Explorer USV is a surface drone that is solar-powered, navigating and collecting data through sensors and cameras.

Last week, the Navy stopped an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) ship from confiscating an unmanned surface vessel in the Arabian Gulf. When the U.S. patrol ship Thunderbolt went to intercept, the IRGCN ship released the unmanned vessel and vacated the area.

“U.S. naval forces remain vigilant and will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows while promoting rules-based international order throughout the region,” stated Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “Every partner and every sensor offers new information that can be added to what we call the ‘Digital Ocean,’ an intelligent synthesis of around-the-clock inputs encompassing thousands of images.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Austin to be led by God as he heads the Defense Department.
  • For Vice Admiral Cooper as he leads the Fifth Fleet and the Navy’s Central Command.
  • For the safety of all active duty military personnel serving around the world.

Sources: NavyTimes, DefenseNews


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