• The U.S. Navy is testing drones that can send cargo from one ship to another at sea.
  • Underway replenishments—especially by air—can be dangerous, and often involve moving small cargoes.
  • Drones could remove humans from the potentially dangerous work, while still moving vital equipment from ship to ship.

To develop methods for using drones during underway replenishment missions, the U.S. Navy is testing two unique, cargo-carrying drones that can move goods from one ship to another: Shield AI’s V-Bat and the Skyways V2.6. The technology could eventually allow ships to stay on station longer, on the front line, where they are needed most in wartime.

180225 n qj850 0129atlantic ocean feb 25, 2018 the wasp class amphibious assault ship uss iwo jima lhd 7 receives supplies from the lewis and clark class dry cargo ship usns william mclean t ake 12 during an underway replenishment, feb 25, 2018 iwo jima, homeported in mayport, florida, is conducting naval operations in the us 6th fleet area of operations us navy photo by mass communication specialist 2nd class andrew murrayreleased

The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima receives supplies from the dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) during an underway replenishment, February 25, 2018.

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Murray

One of the most dangerous peacetime missions in the Navy is the underway replenishment, or UNREP….

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