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US Navy uncrewed systems task force launches UAV from Coast Guard ship

12th December 2022 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The Aerovel Flexrotor was launched from USCG cutter Emlen Tunnell. (Photo: US Navy)

The USN’s Task Force 59 has launched a UAV from a US Coast Guard ship in the Arabian Gulf.

On 7 December, the USN’s uncrewed systems integrator Task Force 59 launched an Aerovel Flexrotor UAV from USCG Sentinel-class fast response cutter Emlen Tunnell.

The flight marked a first for the task force, which has been driving the USN’s deployment of uncrewed aerial, surface, and underwater systems.

Task Force 59 is currently undergoing a three-week event, Digital Horizon, focused on integrating uncrewed and AI platforms.

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In a showcase of coast guard-navy collaboration, the Flexrotor successfully took off and landed vertically from the ship.

The Flexrotor UAV can be used for ISR missions night or day, offering a real-time video feed.

UAVs allow Task Force 59 to enhance resilient communications by relaying video, imagery and other data to surface and shore-based command centres.

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