Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency unveils Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) presented their technology demonstration vessel to the media Monday, which was designed, developed and constructed through the Agency’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.

The vessel is due to arrived in San Diego this weekend to start two years of scheduled at-sea tests.

The 132-foot ship was christened last month as an entirely new class of ocean-going vessel able to travel thousands of miles over the open seas for months at a time without a single crew member aboard.

ACTUV embodies breakthroughs in autonomous navigation and operation with the potential to revolutionize U.S. maritime operations. In the months following the vessel’s christening, DARPA will work with the Office of Naval Research to fully test the vessel’s capabilities and innovative payloads, with the goal of transitioning the technology to the U.S. Navy for operational use.

During the test period, the ship will be housed at the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific in San Diego.  

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