Nearly one in three US Navy warships will be an AI-powered ‘ghost ship’ by 2045

The US Navy plans to deploy 150 artificial intelligence-powered “ghost ships” across the seven seas by 2045, meaning one in three warships will be an unmanned robotic warship.

These AI-powered ships will be smaller and cheaper to operate because they don’t require life support systems and can be piloted remotely, and the tech could be the answer to the military recruiting nightmare – the Navy is 89% of its target for the fiscal year ending in September.

The expansion was announced in the “Chief of Naval Operations Sailing Plan 2022” report which stipulates that the military branch expands its fleet to ensure that it controls most of the seas and competes with the opposition, especially China.

The development also includes more than 350 manned ships and around 3,000 aircraft, which is a dramatic increase from the 75 new ships added to the regime over the past two decades. The Navy currently operates 300 warships.

The Navy is finally moving forward with its plan to launch a fleet of robotic warships. This is the Ranger unmanned surface craft departing from Pearl Harbor

The lack of recruits is considered the worst since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and some blame it on the “woke” culture.

Traditional masculinity is now frowned upon, but it was once the driving force motivating young Americans to enroll in their country.

Most of those who join the ranks come from southern states, but as Jeff Groom writes in spectator’s worldseeing “torn down Confederate statues and renamed military bases, endless media and elitist demonization of your culture as racist and deplorable and backward, and military and civilian leaders who think diversity and inclusion (that’s i.e. less white men) are the best thing since they were sliced ​​bread. Would you volunteer? Identity politics works both ways.

However, the Navy hopes that the rise of robotic warships will fill in the gaps of its missing sailors.

The Navy’s pursuit of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) has slowed in recent years amid congressional skepticism of the new technology, according to USNI News.

Ships will be smaller and cost less to operate because they don't need human survival gear or quarters for sailors.  Pictured is Sea Hunter sitting alongside the dock at Naval Base San Diego in California

Ships will be smaller and cost less to operate because they don’t need human survival gear or quarters for sailors. Pictured is Sea Hunter sitting alongside the dock at Naval Base San Diego in California

The 2045 plan also says the military branch is expanding its fleet to ensure it controls most of the seas and competes with the opposition, especially China.  Pictured is the Range and Nomad near the Channel Islands

The 2045 plan also says the military branch is expanding its fleet to ensure it controls most of the seas and competes with the opposition, especially China. Pictured is the Range and Nomad near the Channel Islands

Lawmakers wanted to see more testing of robotic ships and stuck to the idea that the Navy first had to figure out how to make them work properly.

And that put the navy and other branches behind China and Russia who adopted the technology into their arsenals years earlier.

Russia, for example, has begun testing a 45-foot-long unmanned torpedo boat that new agency TASS says will be designed to carry out detection and elimination of enemy submarines autonomously.

And China completed testing in January for its 200-ton unmanned combat vessel.

The US Navy phantom ships will include surface and underground platforms that will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Ships are loaded with sensors to “see” incoming enemies and obstacles as they navigate the waters autonomously.

The Navy has been working on robotic warships for years, as in 2020 the military branch announced that it was designing a system for its unmanned robotic warships that will communicate like human sailors, allowing the craft to navigate safely in waterways.

The goal is to allow human deck crews to converse with robot ships using normal speech over the global radio system used for ship-to-ship communication.

Navy ships would be designed to understand secure radio transmissions, integrate their meaning into its world model, develop appropriate maneuver plans, and respond by voice over the radio.

The US Navy phantom ships will include surface and underground platforms that will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.  Pictured are Sea Hawk (front) and Sea Hunter (rear) cruising Pacific waters

The US Navy phantom ships will include surface and underground platforms that will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Pictured are Sea Hawk (front) and Sea Hunter (rear) cruising Pacific waters

Also last year, it was revealed that the military branch was developing an AI-controlled robot submarine capable of killing without human control or intervention.

The project is managed by the Office of Naval Research and has been described as an “autonomous underwater weapon system” according to a report by New Scientist.

Details of the killer submersible were made available as part of the 2020 budget documents, which also revealed it had been named CLAWS by the US Navy.

Very few details about the “top secret” project have been revealed beyond the fact that it will use sensors and algorithms to carry out complex missions on its own.

CLAWS is expected to be installed on the new Orca-class robot submarines which have 12 torpedo tubes and are being developed for the Navy by Boeing.

However, the most recent news is the end of the Pentagon’s Ghost Fleet Overlord program in January of this year.

This initiative, launched in 2018, aims to accelerate the Navy’s adoption of unmanned and autonomous systems.

Now, the four robotic warships developed and trained over the past four years will be added to the Navy’s fleet, including one dubbed “Nomad.”