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21/04/21: US Navy Kicks Off Exercise Involving Manned, Unmanned Vessels

The US Navy kicked off its maiden exercise Monday involving manned and unmanned systems operating together off the California coast.



The seven-day Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 will provide a glimpse of the future fleet consisting of a mix of crewed and uncrewed vessels, USNI News reported.

The exercise will focus on how the unmanned systems work in synchronization with manned counterparts.

It will test the “communications networks, the battle management aids, the common control systems, the data format and more,” according to the news outlet.


Integrated Unmanned Capabilities

“Building off advances achieved over the past decade in unmanned aviation, Pacific Fleet is answering the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) drive to put the Navy’s Unmanned Campaign Plan into action,” Rear Adm. Robert Gaucher, director of maritime headquarters at US Pacific Fleet, said.

“The overall goal is to integrate our unmanned capabilities across all domains to demonstrate how they solve CNO and Fleet Commander Key Operational Problems,” Gaucher added.

“To get after these problems, Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 will include maneuvering in contested space across all domains; targeting and fires; and intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance.”

The seven-day Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 will provide a glimpse of the future fleet consisting of a mix of crewed and uncrewed vessels, USNI News reported.

The exercise will focus on how the unmanned systems work in synchronization with manned counterparts.

It will test the “communications networks, the battle management aids, the common control systems, the data format and more,” according to the news outlet.


Integrated Unmanned Capabilities

“Building off advances achieved over the past decade in unmanned aviation, Pacific Fleet is answering the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) drive to put the Navy’s Unmanned Campaign Plan into action,” Rear Adm. Robert Gaucher, director of maritime headquarters at US Pacific Fleet, said.

“The overall goal is to integrate our unmanned capabilities across all domains to demonstrate how they solve CNO and Fleet Commander Key Operational Problems,” Gaucher added.

“To get after these problems, Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 will include maneuvering in contested space across all domains; targeting and fires; and intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance.”

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