Here is what we know about it.
The U.S. Navy Is Activating Robot Squads (with Stealth Destroyers)
In addition to manned-unmanned teaming, the Navy sees SURFDEVRON One as a way to accelerate testing of new technologies such as laser and hypersonic weapons. “Really the whole purpose of the SURFDEVRON is to integrate technical, tactical and material solutions at an accelerated rate,” Brown said. “And as new capabilities are coming online, whether it’s directed energy weapons or high-energy lasers or hypersonic missiles, we need to rapidly be able to experiment and get these new systems out on ships or platforms, develop the new TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures) and experiment and move at a faster pace than we have probably moved in the past.”
The U.S. Navy has formed an experimental unit that combines robot and manned ships.
(This first appeared last month.)
Surface Development Squadron One (SURFDEVRON One) will develop tactics for combined operations between manned and unmanned ships, as well as testing new weapons.
“SURFDEVRON One is responsible for the maintenance, training and manning oversight for medium and large Unmanned Surface Vessels (e.g. Sea Hunter / MDUSV) and Zumwalt-class ships: USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the future USS Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002),” according to a Navy announcement.