By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published: 09:09 BST, 19 August 2019 | Updated: 09:34 BST, 19 August 2019
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 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