After Seeing a “Milestone” US Unmanned Vessels Exercise the Chinese Are Already Mailing a Surrender
FedEx to drop it any minute now
Unmanned vessels continue to make stunning advances in naval warfare. From a Breaking Defense website article,
A new US Navy task force recently completed its first at-sea exercise featuring unmanned vessels sailing in concert with friendly foreign ships, US 5th Fleet announced on Tuesday.
“During the two-day training exercise, Task Force 59 integrated and evaluated new MANTAS T-12 unmanned surface vessels (USV) that operated alongside manned U.S. patrol craft and Bahrain Defense Force maritime assets,” according to a Navy statement. (1)
Wow! Unmanned vessels in a Navy task force! Operating with US patrol craft! This is full-fledged naval combat taken to the next level. This is the future of naval warfare.
Here’s a photo of the event.
Uh … is it just me or does the future of naval warfare seem a bit … well … small? Those aren’t the unmanned combat ships I was envisioning from the Navy’s description of the exercise. Instead, those are unmanned canoes. The US Coast Guard patrol boat in the photo dwarfs the unmanned canoes. Those canoes appear to have a single ?sensor? (FLIR or optical camera, maybe?). How is a canoe with a single, small sensor going to contribute anything to naval combat?
The exercise was a stunning success by Navy standards as described in this official statement:
“This is a significant milestone for our new task force as we accelerate the integration of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into complex, cross-domain operations at sea,” Capt. Michael Brasseur, commander of Task Force 59, said in a written statement. (1)
Does Capt. Brasseur have a regular salary or is he paid by the buzzword?
I understand that advances begin with baby steps but if this is the extent of our advances after a decade of unmanned efforts, we’re in trouble and there’s nothing worthwhile about unmanned assets.
Source: Navy Matters