U.S. Navy Using Drones to Monitor Iranian Military

Service is utilizing robotic platforms in hybrid fleet.

The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is utilizing a diverse range of unmanned systems on the ground, underwater, and in the air. Naval Forces Central Command reported that seven task forces are using the systems to monitor vessels of the Iranian navy and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“Last month, naval forces in the Middle East region successfully integrated unmanned platforms with traditionally crewed ships and aircraft to conduct enhanced maritime security operations in the waters surrounding the Arabian Peninsula,” NAVCENT stated. “This operation bolstered presence in and around a critical chokepoint that in recent months has seen Iran unlawfully seize internationally flagged merchant ships.”

The operation, conducted over several days around the Strait of Hormuz, involved collaboration between naval forces, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and various unmanned systems. The U.S. Navy is exploring a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned surface vessels (USVs), and unmanned underwater vessels (UUVs) as part of its transition towards a hybrid fleet comprising both crewed and uncrewed systems.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Carlos Del Toro as he oversees the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
  • For Vice Admiral Brad Cooper as he heads the U.S. Navy Central Command and Fifth Fleet.
  • For the U.S. sailors and marines who are involved in testing and utilizing the unmanned technology for maritime security.

Sources: DefenseScoop


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