Deputy Defense Secretary to Help DARPA Christen Anti-Submarine Warfare Vessel

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April 7, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: April 7 on

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2016 — Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work this week begins a short trip to Oregon and Washington State in the Pacific Northwest to meet with industry leaders and to discuss work underway for the department.

Tomorrow, his first stop will be in Portland, Oregon, to deliver remarks during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency christening ceremony for a technology demonstration vessel designed, developed and built through DARPA”s anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel, or ACTUV, program.

The 130-foot ship is a new class of ocean-going vessel able to travel thousands of miles over open seas for months at a time with no crew members aboard.

According to DARPA, ACTUV embodies breakthroughs in autonomous navigation and operation with the potential to revolutionize U.S. maritime operations.