The US Coast Guard has selected Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark Boats and Boston-based autonomous technology developer Sea Machines Robotics to supply an autonomous test vessel to the coast guard’s Research and Development Center (RDC).
The welded-aluminium vessel will be fitted with Sea Machines’ patented autonomous-command and remote-helm technology.
During exercises scheduled for October off the coast of Hawaii, the RDC team will test and evaluate the vessel’s autonomous capabilities for their potential in supporting surveillance, interdiction, patrol, and other missions. The new vessel will then be homeported at the RDC’s facility in New London, Connecticut.
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