Ghost Fleet: US Navy plans for a fleet of massive unmanned vessels

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Ghost Fleet: US Navy reveals plans for a fleet of massive unmanned vessels for 'dirty and dangerous' missions US Navy wants $400million for the first two vessels to be built in 2020  The 300ft warships will be packed with anti-air and cruise missiles  Designed for missions where risk of injury, capture or death is highly probable They will be larger than the Sea Hunter, a 132ft unmanned ship, built in 2016

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

Published: 09:09 BST, 19 August 2019 | Updated: 09:34 BST, 19 August 2019

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The US Navy wants to buy ten massive robotic ships as part of its Ghost Fleet within the next five years, capable of being deployed on 'dirty and dangerous' missions.

The 300ft vessels, packed with anti-air and cruise missiles, will weigh in at some 2,000 tons and the first two are billed at $400million.

Similar to the smallest 'rated' class of warship, the Corvette, the Navy wants them deployed on 'three D missions.' That is missions which are 'dull, dirty and dangerous.'

They are deployed in situations demanding super-human physical endurance, on missions which pose a high risk of injury, death or capture.

The Sea Hunter is a 132ft vessel the US Navy recently sent from San Diego to Hawaii and back, the fist unmanned vessel to do so. But they want a fleet of far larger unmanned warships

The Sea Hunter is a 132ft vessel the US Navy recently sent from San Diego to Hawaii and back, the fist unmanned vessel to do so. But they want a fleet of far larger unmanned warships

The Sea Hunter after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Navy wants to use unmanned vessels in missions it considers are too 'dangerous and dirty' for sailors to be put at risk

The Sea Hunter after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Navy wants to use unmanned vessels in missions it considers are too 'dangerous and dirty' for sailors to be put at risk

The Navy already has the Sea Hunter, a 132ft unmanned vessel, which recently sailed from San Diego to Hawaii and back.

The Navy announced last Wednesday it had plans to expand its Ghost Fleet with much larger

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