The U.S. Navy is seeking to jump-start its efforts to develop a large-displacement unmanned underwater vehicle (LDUUV)—an underwater “mothership” platform that would release and control other UUVs—even as service officials acknowledge major hurdles remain in developing UUV programs. The Navy is especially having problems developing UUVs for coastal areas, which have become a priority focus for recent naval missions. “It’s clearly harder to work close to shore,” said Lawrence ...

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