NOAA, U.S. Navy will increase nation's unmanned maritime systems operations

NOAA and the United States Navy have signed a new agreement to jointly expand the development and operations of unmanned maritime systems in the nations coastal and worlds ocean waters. This will enable NOAA to leverage the Navys expertise, infrastructure, best practices and training to accelerate its science, service and stewardship mission.

With the strengthening of our ongoing partnership with the Navy, NOAA will be better positioned to transition unmanned maritime technologies into operational platforms that will gather critical environmental data that will help grow the American Blue Economy, said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator.

NOAA conducts research and gathers data about the global ocean and atmosphere to forecast weather, predict climate, protect the ocean and sustainably manage marine resources. These missions rely on a continuous process of testing and evaluation of new technologies such as unmanned systems to improve data gathering.

The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Commands mission is to define the physical environment from the bottom of the ocean to the stars to ensure the U.S. Navy has freedom of action to deter aggression, maintain freedom of the seas and win wars. For over twenty years, Naval Oceanography has been a global pioneer in the development and use of unmanned systems.

This agreement lays the foundation for collaboration, engagement, and coordinatio....

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