Navy’s New Unmanned Fleet Likely To Hunt Chinese & Russian Subs

Breaking Defense: After a series of headline-grabbing failures integrating technologies on new classes of ships over the last decade, Navy leaders insist they’re taking a more deliberate approach to developing their nascent fleet of unmanned ships.

The service still has a long way to go before it starts putting drone ships in the water and integrating them into operations alongside crewed ships, but top officials say they’re thinking through the hard problems of including autonomy on prototypes before moving forward. And a new report highlights what will likely be a key mission for these ships: tracking and harassing Chinese and Russian submarines.

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