Capable, Adaptive Partners: Unmanned Surface Vessels in RIMPAC

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July 27, 2022 | Originally published by NAVSEA on July 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Four prototype unmanned surface vessels are participating in the Rim of the Pacific 2022 exercise, known as RIMPAC, delivering Warfighting capabilities and extending the reach of the manned U.S. fleet with fewer risks to the Warfighter.

Though unmanned systems have participated in exercises before, the involvement of four different vehicles, operating both autonomously and by manned teams, is a major milestone.

The vessels, Seahawk, Sea Hunter, Nomad, and Ranger, will execute a range of missions. The prototypes will work side-by-side with exercise participants, carrying payloads, providing intelligence, and, most significantly, gathering data in a real-world environment to determine how they will function in the larger fleet.

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