Coast Guard to leverage Navy in deploying uncrewed platforms with defense capabilities

By Linda Hersey / May 19, 2023 at 2:46 PM

The Coast Guard released its strategic plan this week for unmanned systems with goals that include working with the Navy to implement uncrewed platforms to "fulfill defense capabilities" aboard cutters.

In the Coast Guard’s “Unmanned Systems Strategic Plan,” Vice Adm. Peter Gautier, deputy commandant for operations, outlined objectives that include building and sustaining partnerships across the Defense and Homeland Security departments to “ensure interoperability and realize efficiencies” for implementing uncrewed systems and capabilities.

Efforts and initiatives are to include exchanges with the Navy and other defense partners for evaluating uncrewed systems and capabilities.

The Coast Guard said it will work with partners to “leverage parallel efforts, ensure interoperability and realize efficiencies for deployment.”

The service intends to leverage expertise through its partners for developing, certifying and transitioning uncrewed systems.

It also plans to seek opportunities to engage with DHS and other departments for acquisitions, contracting and sustainability of uncrewed systems.