Austal USA exec: Navy should consider autonomous vessels to grow fleet

By Lee Hudson / November 21, 2017 at 12:02 PM
A way to grow the Navy's fleet to 355 ships is to incorporate autonomous vessels, which would reduce cost and improve efficiency, according to an Austal USA executive. Tom Perrine, vice president for engineering at Austal USA, said Oct. 31 during an industry breakfast in Arlington, VA, the company believes an autonomous Expeditionary Fast Transport may be a solution for a flexible ship design for the 355-ship Navy. The company's vision of an autonomous EPF would be able to perform...

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