Coast Guard Begins At-Sea Testing of USVs to Tackle Illegal Fishing

The Coast Guard has begun at-sea testing of unmanned surface vehicles off the south shore of Oahu to see if the autonomous craft can help provide persistent maritime domain awareness in remote areas of the large ocean, the service announced.

The test and evaluation, which began last week and will run through Nov. 5, is being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center and local Hawaii units and will focus on USVs from manufacturers Saildrone and Spatial Integration Systems, as well as a Coast Guard-owned autonomous research vessel made by Metal Shark.

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