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UAE and US conclude unmanned surface vessels exercise

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command have concluded a weeklong unmanned systems and artificial intelligence integration exercise with the United Arab Emirates Navy in the Arabian Gulf. Photo: US Navy

Five unmanned surface vessels have been trialled during an extensive unmanned systems and artificial intelligence integration exercise by US naval forces and the United Arab Emirates Navy.

Five unmanned surface vessels have been trialled during an extensive unmanned systems and artificial intelligence integration exercise by US naval forces and the United Arab Emirates Navy.

The exercise, organised by the Emirati navy and US Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 59, captured imagery and video of vessels sailing near the USVs in the unit’s first bilateral exercise with the UAE on 20 February.

Information was transmitted to land-based operational centres where it could be detected, identified, and classified with the assistance of artificial intelligence platforms.

Task Force 59’s lead exercise planner, Lieutenant Jay Faylo, said the task force was established in 2021 to integrate new unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into US naval operations across the Middle East.

“This exercise allowed us to further train our artificial intelligence platforms to sort through new datasets, which will ultimately enhance our detection capabilities,” LT Faylo said.

“It has been a tremendous opportunity doing this with our Emirati partners who are at the leading edge of technology in the region.”

Task Force 59 unmanned systems included an L3 Harris Arabian Fox MAST-13 unmanned surface vessel, an Ocean Aero Triton autonomous underwater and surface vehicle, and two Saildrone Explorers ocean mapping UAVs.

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