US Navy unveils plans for 100-strong fleet of unmanned vessels for Middle East deployment

A US Navy wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle during trials in the Gulf of Aqaba off Jordan (Photo: US Army/Corporal Deandre Dawkins)

The US Navy has confirmed its plans to introduce and operate a fleet of around 100 unmanned surface and undersea vehicles in the waters of the Middle East.

Officials of the US Fifth Fleet, the US Navy numbered fleet whose area of responsibility includes the Persian Gulf and the Red and Arabian Seas, said the unmanned vessels will be operated in conjunction with US allies in the region.

The vessels will be used primarily for patrol and surveillance duties to help deter further hostile actions by Iran and its allies. Initial deployment is scheduled for mid-2023.

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