The US Navy has held a joint ceremony to celebrate the first testing facilities for uncrewed maritime vehicles at Port Hueneme.

The ceremony marked the completion of improvements to the Littoral Combat Ship Mission Package Support Facility (Building 1392) and the start of construction of the modular administrative building.

The two facilities are located on Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in California.

The buildings have been designed to accommodate testing, evaluation, and technology demonstrations for extra-large uncrewed underwater vehicles (XLUUV) and uncrewed surface vessel (USV) prototypes.

Unmanned Maritime Systems (PMS 406) programme manager captain Pete Small said: “These facilities will be the focal point of navy learning and experimentation on the capabilities, operations and sustainment of Unmanned Maritime Vehicle prototypes to inform future programmes.”

Building 1392 will house the XLUUV prototypes, and staff who will perform testing, evaluation and training on the vehicles currently under contract with Boeing for fabrication.

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The modular administrative building is being built for the newly formed Unmanned Surface Vessel Division One and Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Squadron One (UUVRON 1) personnel.

According to Naval Sea Systems Command, personnel at this new building will operate and maintain the uncrewed vehicle prototypes.

Furthermore, the NBVC Port Hueneme site will eventually accommodate one MUSV, two Sea Hunter USVs, as well as four Overlord USV prototypes, besides Orca XLUUV prototypes.