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    Underwater autonomous vehicles are a big initiative in the USN right now. I thought we could use a place to keep up to date on new developments.

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    Ships do the heavy lifting, but the USN is experimenting with a new delivery and recovery system. Shown here is the deployment of a MK 18 AUV in early 2017. The Mark 18 Mod 2 is a product of Hydroid, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime.
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    An older, but more obscure platform (recent picture (1 Feb, 2017)), the AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization System features airdropped "Neutralizer" destructors which can autonomously search for, ID and engage naval mines. Similar to Kongsberg's MineSniper system.
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    NATIONAL Harbor, Md. — The Navy’s Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) effort has split into two concurrent programs, one to continue experimenting with software and autonomy and the other as an accelerated acquisition program intended to put a boat in the water quickly.

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    A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) is submerged in the water in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy’s Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash. in December 2015. US Navy Photo.

    The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships’ (PEO LCS) Unmanned Maritime Systems program office (PMS 406) designated its rapid acquisition program the “Snakehead LDUUV” a couple months ago and is aiming to put a prototype UUV in the water in 2019, deputy program manager Howard Berkof said Monday at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space exhibition.

    “We are leveraging existing technologies out there – mature, proven technologies out there – and building this first Phase 1 vehicle to get it in the water as quickly as possible,” he said.
    “The objective is to get the first Phase 1 prototype wet in ‘19. So get it in the water as quickly as possible, get it into the hands of our sailors, enable them to use it and get those lessons learned and that feedback, and that will feed our future LDUUV acquisition program. In fact, it will feed our family of UUV programs.”

    The Phase 1 Snakehead LDUUV will focus on intelligence and preparation of the environment (IPOE) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission sets, and Phase 2 would seek to add extended ranges to both missions. The eventual program of record Snakehead Increment 1 would include additional payloads, potentially including electronic warfare, mine warfare, mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, according to a UUV Systems Vision chart included in Berkof’s presentation.

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    Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 lift an unmanned underwater vehicle off the port side of a MK VI patrol boat off the coast of Guam April 12, 2017. EODMU 5 and Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 are coordinating together to utilize the capabilities of the MK VI patrol boat for mission-specific explosive ordnance disposal operations under the planning and execution of Commander, Task Force 75.

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    My baby:involve:.
     
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