The Commanders Respond

April 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2003, Vol. 129 Issue 4, p30
Conference Proceeding
The article presents responses from the commanders of the world's navies to a question related to the use of unmanned aerial, underwater and surface vehicles by their navy as of April 2003. Vice Admiral J. F. Retief, South African Navy, has indicated against the early acquisition of such systems. A wait-and-see approach has been adopted by the nation while research into the future use of such systems continues. Admiral Mauro Magalhäes de Souza Pinto, Brazilian Navy, said that the use of unmanned vehicles in naval warfare preserves lives and saves money. Moreover, they eliminate and minimize eventual incidents involving the capture of vehicles in hostile territory because of the impossibility of prisoners falling into enemy hands.


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