The exercises involved the same type of naval USVs that Iran has seized twice in recent months
FILE PHOTO: A Saildrone Explorer in the Persian Gulf. © AFP / US Central Command
American and British forces conducted exercises in the Persian Gulf on Friday involving Saildrone Explorer naval drones, the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet has announced.
Two US and two UK warships, as well as three unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), took part in the one-day exercises, which were held off the coast of Bahrain.
As part of the drills, the USVs captured still images of training targets and forwarded them to both the vessels and to the Fifth Fleet’s command center in Bahrain. The photos were then analyzed by artificial intelligence, commander Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the Fifth Fleet, told AP.
Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, US Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, hailed the results of the exercise, saying that “we have already achieved more today than many might have imagined possible when we started.”
“Our goal is a distributed and integrated network of systems operated with our partners to significantly expand how far we can see,” Cooper added.