Navy’s Ocean-Powered Underwater Drone to ‘Wage Underwater War’


Mark Thompson
Time
December 25, 2013

Putting a Slocum Glider into the sea during a NATO exercise. Read more: Navy's ocean-powered drone helps it wage underwater war.

Putting a Slocum Glider into the sea during a NATO exercise.
Read more: Navy’s ocean-powered drone helps it wage underwater war.

While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a fleet of “long endurance, transoceanic gliders harvesting all energy from the ocean thermocline.”

And you thought Jules Verne died in 1905.

Fact is, the Navy has been seeking—pretty much under the surface—a way to do underwater what the Air Force has been doing in the sky: prowl stealthily for long periods of time, and gather the kind of data that could turn the tide in war.

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