China to Return Seized U.S. Underwater Drone

An underwater unmanned drone used for research and owned by the United States was seized before the weekend by a Chinese vessel operating in the South China Sea. China has agreed to return the research drone.

China will return an underwater U.S. drone seized by a naval vessel this week in the South China Sea, both countries said on Saturday […] The drone, known as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), was taken on Thursday, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. The Pentagon went public with its complaint after the action and said on Saturday it had secured a deal to get the drone back. – Read more at:

A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV)


“We call upon China to return our UUV immediately, and to comply with all of its obligations under international law,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, using the abbreviation for “unmanned underwater vehicle.” In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the Philippine port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official. Read more at:

According to reports too, China – in a statement issued by its defense ministry – has accused the US of long deploying ships “in China’s presence” to conduct “military surveying.” “China is resolutely opposed to this and requests the US stop such activities,” it said. “China will continue to maintain vigilance against the relevant US activities and will take necessary measures to deal with them.”Read more at:

Unmanned underwater vehicles are an emerging class of unmanned systems, and the development of such systems is a major priority for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world. These drones, some of which could eventually be capable of remaining submerged for months at a time, will serve in a variety of roles, including anti-submarine warfare and mine-hunting.Read more at:

The source above also says that these UUVs are emerging to be an attractive option for deep sea researchers.

The underwater drones used by the military are similar to commercial units that have been used by oil companies for underwater exploration and by emergency services for search and rescue. The Navy used a Bluefin-21 to search for wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, descending to 5,000 feet to scour the ocean floor. – Read more at:

Aside from industries, such as real estate, filming and photography – where drones are now being widely used for providing amazing aerial photo servicesdrones are also said to revolutionize the field of scientific research and conservation.


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