PLANS for Royal Navy warships to use unmanned underwater vehicles have taken a step closer.
The navy has signed an agreement with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to develop a strategy for the use of the underwater vehicles on warships.
Plans are under way to launch underwater vehicles from two Royal Navy warships, one from a survey ship and one from a minehunter.
Commodore Guy Robinson, from the Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth, said: ‘I anticipate this will develop into a most fruitful partnership for the Royal Navy and the NOC.
‘This is an exciting opportunity as we develop this new area of our capability.’