US Navy Fifth Fleet Task Force Will Test Unmanned Ships and Systems

U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 59 will stand up on Thursday and be the second testing outfit for the Navy’s unmanned ships following Surface Development Squadron One (SURFDEVRON) establishment in 2019. They will expand the operational use of unmanned platforms in the region and experiment with their concept of operations. This will not just be …

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One Thousand US Troops Sent to Middle East in Response to Iran’s Attack on Oil Tankers

One thousand U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East in response to last week’s attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The US accused Tehran of being responsible for an explosion that set two oil tankers on fire off the coast of Iran. The Pentagon released video last week that officials …

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Unmanned Commercial Ships

Auto-docking system on commercial vessels and on recreational marine and fishing vessels in Japan is expected to start after 2020. Robotic commercial ships are being developed by Japan, Norway, China, UK and others shipping nations. Auto-docking system uses RTK (Real Time Kinematic) GNSS (Global Positioning) technology, which gathers precise satellite positioning information from a known …

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A Missile Container Navy Would be Six Times More Cost Effective

The US Navy is considering converting available merchant ships into missile-armed Navy ships. They would be able to make 15-20 merchant ships for the cost of one destroyer. The merchant missile ships would have 450-600 missiles versus 90 on one destroyer. Offensive and defensive missiles are one of the main metrics for how much combat …

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China establishing 225 square mile robotic ship test area

China is making 225 square nautical miles of ocean into test site for robotic warships. The Wanshan Marine Test Site will be largest robot ship test area. They are setting up satellite navigation, electro optical sites, sonar, and datalinks. The test site will partner with the Zhuhai municipal government, China Classification Society (CCS), and the …

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China’s transport infrastructure + military spending

China spends about $440 billion per year on transport infrastructure and $240 billion per year on the military in 2018. China’s official military budget is $175 billion but Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and others estimate China has a larger military budget. The base US military budget for 2018 is about $599 billion but …

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Rotor sails are cylindrical mechanical sails that spin which can reduce shipping fuel use by 7-10%

Two 30-meter tall Rotor Sails have been installed onboard the product tanker vessel Maersk Pelican targeting a reduction in fuel cost and associated emissions on typical global shipping routes of 7-10%. Norsepower Oy Ltd., together with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell Shipping & Maritime, today announced the installation of two …

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Harmful plastic straw bans versus actual ocean cleanup technology

Banning plastic straws and plastic bags are justified to as part of a solution to plastic in the oceans and reduction of landfill. Even advocates admit that these regulations will not solve the ocean problem. Straw bans are intended as a gateway plastic to encourage the movement to biodegradable trash. Many people with disabilities need …

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