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U.S. Navy Sets Sail into the Future with Cutting-Edge Vanguard Unmanned Surface Vessel

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The U.S. Navy achieves a significant milestone with the successful launch of the Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel Vanguard (OUSV3) from Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Marking the Navy’s first purpose-built USV designed for autonomous operations, Vanguard is the result of a collaboration between Austal USA and L3Harris, showcasing cutting-edge technology and innovation.

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Autonomous Operations from Keel-Up

The Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel Vanguard represents a pioneering advancement for the U.S. Navy, being the first USV designed explicitly for autonomous operations from its inception. Launched from Austal USA’s shipyard, the vessel is set to undergo outfitting and testing before autonomously transiting to San Diego to join the Navy’s USV Division 1.

Vanguard’s launch is a collaborative effort between Austal USA and L3Harris, highlighting their expertise in unmanned surface vessel technology. Once operational, Vanguard will join sister ships Ranger and Mariner, contributing to the Navy’s experimentation and tactical development of USVs within USV Division 1.

Captain Scot Searles, program manager of the Unmanned Maritime Systems program office, expressed enthusiasm for the innovative design and capabilities of Vanguard. This achievement underscores the Navy’s commitment to advancing unmanned surface vessel technology and leveraging autonomous capabilities for enhanced operational effectiveness.

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Strategic Significance for Future Naval Capabilities

The successful development and launch of Vanguard hold strategic significance, providing valuable insights for refining requirements in the Navy’s future Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) program. The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) oversees the Overlord program, contributing to the Navy’s evolving experimentation with USVs.

This achievement not only advances the Navy’s experimentation with unmanned surface vessels but also enhances fleet knowledge and experience in deploying USVs effectively in operations. Vanguard’s role in the Overlord program showcases the Navy’s commitment to staying at the forefront of innovative maritime capabilities, reinforcing its readiness for future challenges in the maritime domain.

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