Unmanned navy vessels

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/irans-attempted-theft-…
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, or IRGCN, attempted to capture a Saildrone unmanned surface vessel operated by the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf yesterday. A Navy patrol boat responded to the incident, and the Iranians subsequently released the unmanned craft. However, the attempt nonetheless underscores growing concerns over the threat of capture faced by unmanned vessels.

According to the Navy’s official statement on the matter, the incident occurred at around 11:00 PM local time on August 29 when the service’s 5th Fleet was transiting international waters and observed the IRGCN’s support ship Shahid Baziar. Being towed in its path was the United States’s Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel (USV)…After what the Navy reports to have been a four-hour exchange, the IRGCN vessel disconnected the towing line to the USV and departed the area reportedly without any further complications…

The solar-powered Saildrone Explorer USV is just one of the many unmanned systems that the Navy’s 5th Fleet operates and was launched on its first mission in the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea in 2021.

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Nice drone you got there. Be a pity if the 500lbs of C4 we loaded onboard were to suddenly become unstable…

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