This footage shows the UK and the US Navy conducting a military exercise with unmanned surface vessels in the middle of the Arabian Gulf.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the US Navy, along with a short statement that said: “Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessels (USV) operate with USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), HMS Bangor (M109), HMS Chiddingfold (M37) and USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) in the Arabian Gulf during exercise Phantom Scope.”
The Saildrone Explorer is a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that can operate in maritime areas to collect high-quality data from the oceans autonomously that can be further processed and used for a variety of applications.
The USV autonomously navigates through large areas of the oceans through wind and currents. It is constantly monitored by a pilot who can command and control the USV through satellite.
In the footage, the USV can be seen navigating with ease through the waters of the Arabian Gulf as UK and US naval ships follow closely behind during the Phantom Scope exercise.
The one-day exercise, called Phantom Scope, occurred in international waters off the coast of Bahrain with forces from U.S. 5th Fleet and the UK Royal Navy, according to the US Navy’s official website.
Three Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessels (USVs) reportedly participated alongside guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), fast response cutter USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) and Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessels HMS Chiddingfold (M37) and HMS Bangor (M109).