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Unmanned ACTUV becomes Sea Hunter

8th April 2016 - 14:44 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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DARPA’s prototype anti-submarine warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) was christened on 7 May in Portland. 

It marks the next development stage for the programme ahead of open-water trials conducted jointly by the agency and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

The long-endurance unmanned trimaran is planned to perform a range of roles in future, including mine countermeasure and submarine tracking. The vessel has been given the name Sea Hunter.

In a statement released ahead of the event Scott Littlefield, DARPA programme manager, said that although the ACTUV will sail unmanned ‘its story is entirely about people’.

‘It will still

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