Sea Platforms

USMC sees need for different unmanned undersea littoral systems

31 October 2017

The US Marine Corps is discovering not one-size-fits-all for effective operations of unmanned undersea vehicles in the littorals.

“We’ve found out a lot of different environments need different systems,” Major Justin Gogel told Jane’s during a break in unmanned operations being tested at the Bold Alligator exercise along the Atlantic Ocean coast of North Carolina.

The Marine Warfighting Laboratory is using Bold Alligator to trial certain unmanned systems.

“We are conducting littoral reconnaissance using different payloads,” Maj Gogel said.

“Right now we do that kind of reconnaissance the same way we did it in World War II,” he said, “with divers dropping lines”.

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