Navy to stand up development squadron for unmanned surface ships to find home for autonomous vessels
SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Navy plans to establish a Surface Development Squadron (SURFDEVRON) to help with the integration of future autonomous platforms like the submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter, in an ongoing effort to make U.S. naval surface ships more distributed and reliant on unmanned ships and aircraft. The Diplomat reports.
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10 May 2019 -- Navy leaders requested $400 million in the 2020 defense budget for two large unmanned surface vessels (USV), which will form the nucleus of the SURDEVRON.
For the next five years, the service requested $2.7 billion for two LUSVs per annum. “That’s happening,” says Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commanding officer of U.S. Pacific Fleet surface forces.
“We’re going to have large [unmanned surface ships], we’re going to have medium-displacement USVs. I’ve got Sea Hunter running around. I’ve got no place to put those things. That was the impetus behind the development of the Surface Development Squadron,” Brown says.
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