Military Capabilities

Surface Navy 2017: USN envisions supporting fleet of networked unmanned surface, underwater systems

12 January 2017

Key Points

  • The USN is considering a future capability of networked autonomous surface and undersea vehicles
  • Programme transitions may begin as early as 2017

The US Navy (USN) is envisioning a future surface combatant force that incorporates a network of autonomous surface and undersea vehicles that swarm and communicate, as well as extend the reach of conventional platforms, a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) official told reporters at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Virginia on 10 January.

"It's called ghost link," said Captain Jon Rucker, NAVSEA programme manager for unmanned maritime systems. "[It] hasn't started yet, but it's going to be transitioning in through 2017, 2018 [and] 2019".

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