GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - We're used to hearing about the military using unmanned aircraft in daily activities and exercises.
This week, the United States Navy is getting a major exercise together featuring Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUV) operating in the Mississippi Sound.
Naval Oceanography, based out of Stennis Space Center, is taking part in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center's annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) tomorrow. On Wednesday, naval personnel were preparing for a virtual demonstration at the University of Southern Mississippi's new Marine Research Center.
"This is the first time that the ANTX, sponsored by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, has been performed on the Gulf Coast," said Lt. Travis Miller, Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center.
"Thursday, we're going to go out and test a few technologies that further the capabilities of our Underwater Unmanned Vehicles. When we go out, we're going to be comparing a new technology that allows us to communicate with the UUV and change the direction and the operation of the UUV underwater at a remote distance."
Miller also said the exercise gives military and civilian personnel to work together in a low risk environment.