The Ghost Fleet Overlord program is part of the Navy’s effort to accelerate the adoption of autonomous vessels within its fleet, which could help expand the reach of manned vessels. According to the DoD, the autonomy includes more than just straight-line passage through large areas of the ocean; as it also involves such things as collision avoidance and following the rules of the sea. The Navy’s effort to adopt the unmanned vessel concept has already involved several classes of ships, as well as an array of missions. These have included offensive operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions with reduced risk to crew and legacy vessels. The Ghost Fleet Overlord program has demonstrated continued maturity in the autonomous USV concept since it was first stood up in late 2018.
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