The U.S. Navy is preparing to commence experiments of the first unmanned vehicle assigned to a new surface development squadron in San Diego, USNI News reported Monday. Surface Development Squadron 1 or SURDEVRON 1 will take command of the Sea Hunter unmanned surface vehicle by Oct. 1., said Capt. Henry Adams, the squadron's commodore.
The fleet will conduct experiments on Sea Hunter, a vessel that the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency worked together to develop. The vessel would help sailors learn to operate unmanned systems with manned ships, Adams said at the Surface Navy Association West Symposium.
SURDEVRON 1 expects to receive its second Sea Hunter unit by late next year, Adams stated.