I’m unclear on what this is about. It’s happening in my backyard, so I have a legitimate concern. So hoping others can chime in where the article left much info to be desired.
Is this just a “test platform” for the USCG to learn more? Are they intending to do something with this type of vessel within their own fleet?? If so, what? I can’t fathom what ‘utility’ an unmanned RIB (or other types of vessels) would be of use to the USCG. Aren’t they in the business of SAR and NAV-AID work, that requires much “hands-on” effort by humans?
If I’m wrong or not thinking about something, please let me know. But the MSST RIBs that run around inside our primary harbor already have historic and significant “communication” issues. In other words, when we call them on the VHF using the port’s working frequency, they never answer. They only listen to 16 and 22A. No matter how much, how often we beg them to listen to port channel 12, they just can’t/won’t.
Now you want to put an unmanned MSST type craft in the water around working commercial vessels? Oh boy, sounds like fun!