The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks.
Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability - being delivered under Project Wilton - is due to achieve initial operating capability (IOC) in July.
Seen as a trailblazer for the RN's exploitation of maritime autonomous systems in MCM, Project Wilton will provide a portable route survey capability for operations north of the Dee-Humber line. The capability is being provided by a mix of assets - including manned and unmanned surface craft, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and sidescan sonar equipment - and a portable operations centre (POC) and associated communications.
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