US Navy establishes new division to bolster USV fleet

The US Navy’s Pacific Fleet (CNSP) established Unmanned Surface Vessel Division (USVDIV) One during a ceremony held on 13 May.

USVDIV One will oversee medium and large unmanned surface vessels including the Sea Hunter and its sister vessel, the Sea Hawk.

Furthermore, the division will focus on unmanned surface vessel (USV) experimentation and fleet advocacy for the surface force.

The division will also be a cornerstone in building the foundational knowledge required for sailors to operate and maintain the USV fleet and spearhead the development of the processes required for USV operations and sustainment, according to the navy.

“USVDIV One will be a catalyst for innovation as we employ unmanned surface capabilities in the Pacific Fleet,” Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, US Pacific Fleet commented.

“The implementation of unmanned systems will increase decision speed and lethality to enhance our warfighting advantage.”

Cmdr. Jeremiah Daley assumed command of the newly established USVDIV One.

During the ceremony, a change of command was held for Surface Development Squadron (SURFDEVRON) One. Capt. Shea Thompson relieved Capt. Jeffrey Heames as commodore of SURFDEVRON One.

SURFDEVRON One is responsible for the maintenance, training, and manning oversight for medium and large USVs, Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers, and the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).

Recently, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) conducted its first in-class, live-fire missile exercise as the crew prepares for their maiden employment.

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