The U.S. Navy carried out a joint ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 8 for the primary purpose-built and co-located amenities for unmanned maritime car testing. Situated on Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, the amenities will accommodate testing, analysis, and expertise demonstration for Additional Giant Unmanned Undersea Automobile (XLUUV) and Unmanned Floor Vessel (USV) prototypes. PMS 406, inside the Program Govt Workplace Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC), oversees the XLUUV, Giant USV, Medium USV packages, and their superior expertise capabilities.

“These amenities would be the focus of Navy studying and experimentation on the capabilities, operations and sustainment of Unmanned Maritime Automobile prototypes to tell future packages,” mentioned Capt. Pete Small, Program Supervisor, Unmanned Maritime Methods (PMS 406).


Floor Improvement Squadron 1 Commander Capt. Jeffrey Heames, Fleet Introduction Workforce Principal Assistant Program Supervisor Capt. William Filip and Unmanned Maritime Methods Program Workplace Supervisor Capt. Pete Small pose for a photograph with shovels on the Parcel 19 groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 8 onboard Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.(Photograph by Moraima Johnston/Workplace of Naval Analysis )

The ribbon-cutting acknowledged completion of modifications to the prevailing Littoral Fight Ship Mission Bundle Help Facility (Constructing 1392) that can home the XLUUV prototypes, and personnel who will carry out take a look at and analysis and coaching on the autos, that are in fabrication beneath a contract with Boeing. The bottom breaking acknowledged the beginning of development of the modular administrative constructing for the newly established Unmanned Floor Vessel Division One and Unmanned Undersea Automobiles Squadron One personnel who will function and keep the unmanned car prototypes.

Along with 5 Orca XLUUV prototypes, the NBVC Port Hueneme website will ultimately accommodate one MUSV, two Sea Hunter USV, and 4 Overlord USV prototypes. NBVC is ideally suited to these amenities with prepared entry to open-water instrumented ranges, multimodal expeditionary transportation capabilities, proximity to Navy and trade hubs, and synergies with different tenant instructions.

Aerial photos of USS Ranger and USS Nomad unmanned vessels underway in the Pacific Ocean near the Channel Islands on July 3, 2021.
The Strategic Capabilities Workplace’s Ghost Fleet Overlord unmanned floor vessels, USS Ranger and USS Nomad unmanned vessels conduct underway operations off the coast of California in 2021. After transiting to the West Coast — virtually fully in autonomous mode — the vessels will proceed fleet experimentation earlier than transitioning to the Navy in early 2022.(U.S. Navy picture by Eric Parsons)